Indian Silverbill

Indian silverbill

Indian silverbill or white throated munia receives its name from its conical silver grey coloured bill. It is a small passerine bird found in the Indian subcontinent and adjoining regions.

In this article we will explore where to spot this bird, and learn more about its habits and habitat.

Habitat: Best places to spot Indian silverbill

Indian silverbill is common resident breeder in Indian subcontinent. It is found frequently in drier regions. It is found in dry open scrub, ploughed land and cultivation.

Indian-silverbill-with-food
Indian-silverbill-with-food

Nesting Habits

The nest is made of grass. It is an untidy ball like structure with opening on the side.

Food Habits

Indian silverbill usually forages in small flocks in grassland and in scrub habitats. It feeds on wide range of seeds.

Plumage: How does this bird appear…

Indian silverbill is a small bird, approximately 11-11.5 cms in length. The name silverbill refers to its silver-grey conical bill. Sexes are similar in appearance. The under parts are buff brown while upper parts are white. The wings are dark with buffy flanks. Its tail is black. The length of the tail feather is more at the center giving it a pointed appearance.

Indian silverbill in flocks
Indian silverbill in flocks

Breeding

The breeding season varies with region. In southern India it breeds in winter while in northern India it breeds after summer.

Female lays 4-8 eggs. Both the parents incubate the eggs. Eggs hatch in about 11 days.

Other

Indian silverbill is a gregarious and social bird. It is found in flocks of 50-60.

Classification:

  • Kingdom – Animalia
  • Phylum – Chordata
  • Class – Aves
  • Order – Passeriformes
  • Family – Estrildidae
  • Genus – Lonchura
  • Species – L.malabarica
  • Binomial name – Lonchura malabarica

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