Scaly Breasted Munia Finch Skeleton, Lonchura punctulata, in a dome


Species Name: Lonchura punctulata

Common Name: Scaly Breasted Munia Finch

Origin: Southeast Asia

Size: 3.5" Wooden Base x 4.5" high

NB. These will be sent without the dome being glued down so that if there is a breakage of the skeleton it can be easily fixed. We do glue every joint with superglue, but these birds are top heavy, and postage can treat them roughly.

The scaly-breasted munia or spotted munia (Lonchura punctulata), known in the pet trade as nutmeg mannikin or spice finch, is a sparrow-sized estrildid finch native to tropical Asia. Its name is based on the distinct scale-like feather markings on the breast and belly. The adult is brown above and has a dark conical bill.

This munia eats mainly grass seeds apart from berries and small insects. They forage in flocks and communicate with soft calls and whistles. The species is highly social and may sometimes roost with other species of munias. This species is found in tropical plains and grasslands. Breeding pairs construct dome-shaped nests using grass or bamboo leaves.

The species is endemic to Asia and occurs from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia and the Philippines (where it is called mayang pakíng). The bird is listed as of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Don't hesitate to contact me if you want the Skeleton in any specific position (as long as it fits inside the dome) and have a truly unique item created by you.