Chestnut-breasted Mannikin Finch

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin Finch

Check out Australia Zoo’s Chestnut-breasted Mannikin Finch!

They don’t come much cuter than Australia Zoo’s chestnut-breasted mannikin finch!  Keep your eyes peeled in our Rainforest Aviary for these cute-as-a-button birds, as they can be spotted all day long foraging and exploring their home.

 

Chestnut Breasted Mannikin Finches standing on feeder.

 

The chestnut-breasted mannikin is found in Papua New Guinea and across northern and eastern Australia, from the Kimberley region to the Northern Territory and down into New South Wales.  They typically inhabit long grasses, swamps and mangroves.  These tiny birds are identified by their grey crown, black face and grey bill.  As their name suggests, they also have a chestnut brown breast.

 

Chestnut Breasted Mannikin Finch holding onto leaves.

 

Chestnut-breasted mannikins are highly social and are often observed in large groups, sometimes consisting of up to 200 individuals!  These finches are omnivores, feeding on winged termites and grass seeds from an elevated stalk, rarely feeding from the ground!  The chestnut-breasted mannikin finch is a species doing well in the Australian environment.

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Aves

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Lonchura

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    castaneothorax

  • height of animal icon
    Height

    10 - 12 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    12 - 15 grams

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Omnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Incubation

    13 days