Unsorted Wild Birds

Bronze Mannikins

Bronze Mannikins


The Bronze Mannikins (Lonchura cucullata) is a small estrildid finch that breeds in much of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. They are found in open country and cultivation,particularly near water.



The Bronze Mannikin averages 9-10cm in length, including its long black tail.

Males and females look alike.The adult has a stubby grey bill and a dark purple head. It is brown above and white below, with dark flank markings. They have iridescent green shoulder patches.

Immature birds are plain brown above with a buff head and underparts.


Breeding / Nesting:

The nest is a large domed grass structure in a tree. The average clutch size consists of 4 – 8 white eggs.

Bronze Mannikins also build communal roosting nests, which they use overnight and dismantle and rebuild the next day.


Call / Vocalization:

Its varied calls, includes a rreep-rreeep in flight and a twittering made when perched.


Diet / Feeding:

The Bronze Mannikin feeds on a variety of seeds. Insects may be taken during the breeding season, when their requirement for protein is higher.


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

Finch InformationIndex of Finch SpeciesPhotos of the Different Finch Species for IdentificationCommon Health Problems of FinchesFinch / Canary Diet / Nutrition

Finch Data: Range, Length, Clutch-size and Incubation Periods for each Finch Species


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