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Indian Silverbill

(Euodice malabarica)
Alternate name(s): "White-throated Munia", "White-throated Silverbill"
Size: 11-11.5 cm
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Indian Silverbill at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Close-up frontal view of a male Indian Silverbill
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, May 2010]

Near-frontal view of a snoozing Indian Silverbill
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

Indian Silverbills in reeds
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Indian Silverbills chopping into the seeds
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Close-up ventral view of a pair of Indian Silverbills
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Near-lateral view of a pair of Indian Silverbills
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

... let's take a nap
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Some Indian Silverbill TLC (Tender Loving Care)... (click on image to see what happened)
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Pair of Indian Silverbills stuffing the bills of their ever hungry and noisy chicks
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Fledgling Indian Silverbills waiting to be fed; note the whitish gapes
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Jan - Apr Eggs: 4 - 8 Incubation period: 10 - 12 days Fledging age: ?

The breeding period listed above is approximate and applies to Arabia and southern India. In northern India they breed after the summer. Indian Silverbills are semi-communal nesters. More than one female may lay eggs into one nest and helpers may be employed to incubate the eggs and care for the young.

Close-up frontal view of an Indian Silverbill; this bird is a male bearing a "gift" for his partner to entice her to mate with him (cf. breeding habits of Red-browed Finches [in AUSTRALIA])
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, May 2010]

Nest building: ? Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

Type: (Domed) basket Material: Twigs, grass, feathers Height above ground: 2 - 5(?) m

Roost platform (i.e. an old nest; foreground) and an active Indian Silverbill nest behind it
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

Eggs

Size: 14 x 10 mm Colour: White, with tiny grey speckles Shape: Oval

Behaviour

The photo presented below was obtained at Sun Farms, Sohar (Batinah region). Special permission to enter the premises for bird photography is hereby most gratefully acknowledged.

Like other species of finches, Indian Silverbills are very sociable birds; here a flock congregating on power lines
[Batinah region, May 2010]

Food, Diet

Like all finches, Indian Silverbills are seed-eaters. We have seen them take seeds of grasses and reeds.

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