chestnut-breasted mannikin

underbelly of a mannikin

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This capture shows the yellowish rump and chestnut breast of the Chestnut-breasted Mannikin. They have a strong relationship with grasslands as they mostly feed on seeding grass and make a nest that resembles a large globe of flattened grass in long grass where they lay 5-6 white eggs.


chestnut-breasted mannikin

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The Chestnut-breasted Mannikin is only 11cm with a grey-bill, black face, chestnut breast, yellowish rump and tail.  While it is a common resident or nomad in grassy woodlands around the top end and east coasts of Australia its numbers appear to be decreasing. This is the first one I have seen in the wild near Bellingen on the NSW north coast. Because they move quickly, screened by grass and other vegetation it is tricky to capture them, more so in my case as I only have a 24 zoom and have to creep pretty close to my subjects.