Magpie (Pied) Mannikin
Lonchura (Spermestes) fringilloides
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The magpie mannikin is the largest mannikin (11 cm). Similar to the bronze mannikin, it has a heavier bill and rufous markings in the flanks. The upper bird was seen in Hondo Hondo (10-11), courtesy of Valéry Schollaert. The 2nd row bird was near Moshe (4-15), courtesy of Phil Stouffer. The group in the feeder includes magpie mannikins on the left and right rear; the others are bronze. Note the black nape in the magpie mannikins, brown in the bronze. These birds were photographed in Oribi Gorge near Port Shepstone, KZN (3-10), courtesy of Mike Graham. The flock in the lower photo was seen at Ras Kilima (12-10), courtesy of Riaan Marais.
 
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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-15 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
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Mike Graham, Riaan Marais, Valéry Schollaert, Phil Stouffer

Last Update this page: 4-27-15