Friday, June 13, 2014

Black Throated Munia

I was watching a flock of Black- headed Munia's playing in water, when somewhere in the group I noticed a Munia, that had a different colour. When I trained my camera on the the bird, I was surprised to see a Black- throated Munia ( Lonchura kelaarti ) quietly perched awaiting its turn for a bath. It was a first timer for me and I was quite delighted to see this lovely bird. The bird has quite a restricted range and is found within peninsular India and Sri Lanka. The Indian species is specifically called Lonchura kelaarti jerdoni and an interesting fact about this name is that, the binomial name was given in honour of the Zoologist Edward Frederick Kelaart, by the ornithologist Thomas Jerdon.

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