Scaly Breasted Munia

These series were taken at Bishan Park. I was amazed by the sheer amount of wildlife found here at an urban park frequented by many residents. A river runs through the park that sustains the wildlife there! I really need to return here and take more pictures.

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Scaly-breasted Munia

Scientific Name: Lonchura Punctulata

Malay Name: Pipit Padi Biasa

One of the common munias found in Singapore, at first glance, the scaly-breasted munias can be mistaken as the Eurasian Tree Sparrows that are also common. A closer look will reveal a “scaly chest” and thick beaks used to break the grains they feed on.

In malay, pipits are generally seed-eating birds. These will include birds in the sparrow, finches, waxbill and wagtail family. Characteristics of grain eaters are a short, thick, spiky and sharp beak/bill.  Padi Biasa means Common Grain. My guess is that these birds are found in abundance and eat grains hence the name given to them.

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