(Last Updated on : 16/01/2016)
Black-Throated Munia or Jerdon's Mannikin is an Indian Bird
that bears a scientific name "Lonchura kelaarti
". It is a small passerine bird.
Concentration of Black-Throated Munia
This Estrildid Finch- Black-Throated Munia is a resident breeding bird in the hills of southwest India, the Eastern Ghats Mountain Range in India
and Sri Lanka. It is also found in the Indian states like West Bengal
, coastal parts of West Bengal, Odisha
, Simplipal Tiger Reserve
, Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary
, Andhra Pradesh
, Tamil Nadu
, and the entire part of Eastern Ghats Mountain Range in India along with some parts of Western Ghats Mountain Range in India.
Feeding of Black-Throated Munia
Black-Throated Munia is a small gregarious bird which feeds mainly on seeds. It frequents open hill woodland and cultivation. It is also found in the open fields and the small shrubs regions of India states of eastern circle.
Nests of Black-Throated Munia
The nest of Black-Throated Munia is a large domed grass structure in a tree or creepers on a house into which 3-8 white eggs are laid in India, and usually five in Sri Lanka.
Structure of Black-Throated Munia
Black-Throated Munia is 12 cm in length with a long black tail. The adult of the southwest Indian population, L. K. Jerdoni, has a stubby grey bill, dark brown upperparts with pale shaft streaks; a blackish face and bib; and pinkish brown under parts with scaly marking towards the vent. The Eastern Ghats form vernayi has paler pinkish underparts. The nominate form L. K. Kelaarti of Sri Lanka has scaly patterning on the under parts and vent with the pale almost whitish shaft streaks contrasting on the darker back. The sexes are similar in all populations, but immature ones lack the darker face and have more uniform under parts.