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Alternative name: Striated Munia

Lonchura striata striata
Photo © by S K Gudi
Karwar, Karnataka, India, February 2014
Lonchura striata


Lonchura striata swinhoei
Photo © by Neil
Hong Kong, China, October 2005

11–12 cm (4¼-4¾ in)
Long black tail
Adult L. s. striata:

  • Stubby bill
  • Dark brown upperparts, head, breast and wings
  • White underparts and rump

The sexes are similar, but with some subspecific variation; in L. s. acuticauda: paler brown upperparts and breast, and buff underparts and only the rump is white.


Tropical southern Asia to southern China and South-east Asia. This species was introduced to Japan.

Also kept a pets; escapes possible anywhere.



Lonchura striata subsquamicollis
Photo © by SeeToh
Singapore, August 2017

There are 8 subspecies[1]:

  • L. s. acuticauda:
  • L. s. striata:
  • L. s. fumigata:
  • L. s. semistriata:
  • L. s. swinhoei:
  • L. s. subsquamicollis:
  • L. s. explita:
  • Sporadic but locally common on Sumatra and Bangka Island
  • L. s. domestica:
  • Domestic form (AKA Society Finch or Bengalese Finch) Introduced to Japan.


Juvenile L. s. swinhoei
Photo © by Neil
Hong Kong, China, June 2005

Open woodland, grassland, parks and scrub.



The diet consists mostly of seeds.


The nest is a large dome constructed in a tree or bush. The clutch consists of 3-8 white eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. AvianWeb

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