The little ones!

Scaly-breasted munia also called nutmeg mannikin (Dutch word manikin means “the little man”) are mostly found in flocks. often get confused with the silverbills due to their presence in the vicinity of the scaly-breasted munia flock & also the variation in color of adult and juvenile munia. First time I saw them in Kuno pecking on some grass post the rain. Being of the size of sparrows I brushed them aside as common sparrows itself. On closer look I saw the scales on the underbelly. But the munias I saw in Madhya Pradesh were darker more of chocolaty brown compared to the ones I witness in Dehradun.today morning saw a flock consisting of individuals mostly with not so prominent scales and a communal roosting which I had seen only in bee-eater prior to scaly-breasted munia.Sad part that they were mostly found enjoying the invasive lantana. Here are the glimpses of morning and afternoon encounter of these beautiful birds enjoying winter in Doon. (Observe the patchy scales in individuals and also marks near the eye and beak)
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