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Chestnut Breasted Mannikin or Barley Bird - Caged Bird Australian Lonchura Castaneothorax Bird

Chestnut Breasted Mannikin or Barley Bird  Caged Bird Australian

Notable traits of the Chestnut Breasted Mannikin or Barley Bird Bird: Caged Bird Australian (Lonchura Castaneothorax)
Latin Name: Lonchura Castaneothorax
Common Name: Chestnut Breasted Mannikin or Barley Bird
Description: Males and females are nearly identical in appearance. Like most members of the Lonchura family there are subtle clues to help determine sex.
Trainability: Very Low
Length: 4.5 inches
Song: Good Singer
Diet: Like most mannikins or munias, Chestnut Breasted mannikins prefer the larger millets in a standard parakeet mix or just White Prosso seed. They will also eagerly eat my eggfood , greens
Loudness: Fairly quiet
Notes: Males will of course sing and do a courtship dance. This song is actually quite melodious and the males will sing quite often making them easy to spot. Other Chestnut Breasted will peer next to a singing male as though hanging on every note he sings. Peering is not necessarily a sign of a hen however, as other males will peer as well, but singing and peering usually precedes any mating. The physical signs to look for in a male are better seen in a group rather than just two individuals. They include a broader, bolder head and beak, blacker face with less flecking and brighter chestnut color on the breast. It is also said that the tail is a brighter yellow on the males. I tend to rely on the singing of males and look for the brown flecking in the face of the birds that do not sing to find hens.
Breeding Notes: The Chestnut Breasted mannikin can be bred in cages or aviaries.
Age of Maturity: 1
Nest: Baskets or half open box
Breeding Aviculture: Yes
Average Clutch Size: 4-5
Habitat: Australia
References: SeedEggfoodToy
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