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Black-and-white Munia

DE: Glanzelsterchen, NL: Glansekstertje, FR: Capucin bicolore, ES: Capuchino Blanco y Negro,
IT: Cappuccino bicolore, PT: Capuchinho bicolor, DK: Glansskadefinke, SW: Glansskatfink,
NO: Svartryggmannikin, FI: Seepramanikki, PL: Mniszka dwubarwna, CZ: Stracka voubarvá,
HU: Kétszínű szarkapinty, TR: Siyah beyaz mannikin

Lonchura bicolor

Lonchura bicolor bicolor
Lonchura b. poensis (+stigmatophorus)
Lonchura b. nigriceps (+minor and rufodorsalis)

Herkomst: Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana en South-Africa

Length: 9,5 cm.

Lonchura bicolor bicolor

Lonchura bicolor bicolor

Lonchura bicolor nigriceps

Lonchura bicolor nigriceps

Food: Predominantly grass seeds, which they pick out of the spikes or from the ground. They also eat termite regularly.
In the wild they are tolerant birds which move about in large swarms, numbering a hundred or more of the same kind. When roosting they often sit close to each other in a long row on a branch, cleaning each other’s plumage.

In captivity they are sometimes like devils. I had some L. b. nigirceps same with other Lonchura’s in a cage from 125x125x70 cm, but  even Timor Sparrows were drive out.