Red Munia – Male, With Nesting material Bangalore

Strawberry finch

A cute sparrow sized bird that is found in the open fields and grass lands across Asia especially near water. The name of the Genus this bird belongs to is derived from the city of Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat state in India. The birds mainly feeds on grass seeds. You will easily observe a flock of these birds together and once in a while they do perch around and give you a split second opportunity frame them. The male bird wears the bright red plumage during the breeding time which is usually around the monsoon times. In areas around Bangalore it has been observed to have this plumage during October – November. The bird is seen here carrying a nesting material – a feather in the beak. The bird keeps collecting the nesting material until the chicks hatch and are ready to leave the nest.



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