Scaly-breasted Munia

About the Scaly-breasted Munia

Also known as: Nutmeg Finch, Nutmeg Mannikin, Spice Finch, Spotted Munia, Spotted Mannikin
The Scaly-breasted Munia is a small species of finch native to parts of tropical Asia. These darling birds are popular in aviculture, where they are known as Spice Finches or Nutmeg Mannikins.

Scaly-breasted Munias have a pretty buffy brown plumage, highlighted by delicate "scales" on the white breast. Males and females are similar in plumage, although males tend to be darker overall.

In the wild the Scaly-breasted Munia will form large flocks of up to 100 individuals. They are known for being social, roosting white perched close together and engaging in mutual preening.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 February 2018
Scientific Name
Lonchura punctulata
  • Passeriformes
  • Estrildidae
  • Lonchura
  • L. punctulata
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.3 to 4.7 inches
.42 to .56 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 斑文鸟
Czech (Cesky) panenka muškátová
Danish (Dansk) Muskatfinke
Dutch (Nederlands) Muskaatvink
Finnish (Suomi) suomumanikki
French (Français) Capucin damier
German (Deutsch) Muskatbronzemännchen
Italian (Italiano) Munia pettosquamato
Japanese (日本語) シマキンパラ [shimakinpara]
Korean (한국어) 얼룩무늬납부리새
Norwegian (Norsk) Muskatnonne
Polish (Polski) mniszka muszkatowa
Portuguese (Português) Capuchinho-dominó
Russian (русский язык) Чешуйчатогрудая амадина
Spanish (Español) Capuchino Punteado
Swedish (Svenska) fjällig munia
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