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Mannikin, Bronze

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:20 pm

Bronze manikins, Spermestes cucullata, often become the most common resident bird in a garden with a seed-feeding station, up to 50 birds flocking together. They eat non-stop and forays to a nearby birdbath is often undertaken by a large part of the flock. They get very tame, allowing a person to approach them to within a metre or two before taking flight.

They like to huddle together like seen in the picture below.

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The differences between males and females are clearly demonstrated in the pictures below.

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Unread postby Batmad » Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:29 pm

saw these little fellows at settlers park in june this year.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:54 am

After an absence of over 3 years, they finally moved into my garden. :dance:
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Unread postby Batmad » Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:55 pm

lucky!!!!!
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Mannikin: Bronze (Lonchura cucullata)

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Nov 05, 2008 2:37 pm

Saw these little guys in my Garden today!

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Re: Bronze Mannikin(Lonchura cucullata)

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:02 pm

Wow, great photos! :)
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Re: Bronze Mannikin(Lonchura cucullata)

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:07 pm

:clap: Lovely pics indeed!

We have flocks of them that visit our garden during winter. Come summer, they seem to disappear ... is this because they have separated to go off and mate? And why does one not see a few during summer at least?
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Re: Bronze Mannikin(Lonchura cucullata)

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:19 pm

Thanks Yolande and DB:D

Im not to sure on their habits when it comes to seasonal movements, But I hardly see any during the winter around my house, maybe once a month(See them further north quite often in Winter)...But Get flocks in my garden almost daily during Summer when the grasses are in seed! They often breed singularly, but also just as often breed with up to six nests only one metre apart. So im not to sure why they not around for you to see in summer :hmz: , I see them year out.
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Re: Bronze Mannikin(Lonchura cucullata)

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:25 am

Stunning pics indeed RJ, :clap:

I have noticed some visiting my balcony the past few days, must get the camera out as I'm not too sure which ones they are. :?
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Re: Bronze Mannikin(Lonchura cucullata)

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:37 pm

Thank you Elsa,

In Durban, you have all three species present........Bronze, Red-Backed(Seen in Mkhuze GR) and Magpie(Yet to be seen) :dance: I agree, You'll have to get some photos, but all in all, they easy to tell apart. :D

Bronze Mannikin(Photo Above)

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Magpie-(Has an all round dark bill, Large in size, compared to the others, a brown back, and heavy bars on its flanks)
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Re: Bronze Mannikin(Lonchura cucullata)

Unread postby J.J. » Sat Nov 08, 2008 7:53 am

They visited my garden only in the winter. I've never seen one in the summer.

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Re: Bronze Mannikin(Lonchura cucullata)

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:53 am

Nice photos, J.J :D I wonder if there are seqsonal movements between the Eastern Cape and Gauteng, Will have a look when Im down at Rhodes! :D
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