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White-Rumped Munias Building a Nest

Lonchura striata, White-Rumped Munia, Nitamba Sudu Vikurulla, building a nest, Sri LankaLonchura striata, White-Rumped Munia, Nitamba Sudu Vikurulla, building a nest, Sri LankaThere’s been the makings of a nest between the eavestroughing and the house since as long as I’ve lived here, which is over three years. Until now, I’ve seen no activity involving it – no birds coming and going, no building, no spring cleaning, no little chickies, nothing.

And honestly, that made me sad.

Then the beginning of February happened. That’s when the Munias decided to move in. Good for them, I say. Squatters or no, I’m glad they’ve taken over the vacant space. 🙂

Heaven knows we don’t want to encourage vandalism or graffiti in the neighborhood, you know? It brings property prices down… 😀

Erm…

These pictures are taken from the end of February.

What I find interesting is that the munias are not discriminating birds – they’ll take grass stalks or rice for building materials. No two by fours or steel stud for these guys, nope. Grass stalks and rice stalks. And dead palm leaf strips. And, you know, other plant matter…

Lonchura striata, White-Rumped Munia, Nitamba Sudu Vikurulla, building a nest, Sri LankaLonchura striata, White-Rumped Munia, Nitamba Sudu Vikurulla, building a nest, Sri Lanka

Lonchura striata, White-Rumped Munia, Nitamba Sudu Vikurulla, building a nest, Sri LankaHere, you’ve got a great underside view of the nest. Photo taken from ground level, whereas this is on the second level.

Then you  can see a munia – mommy or daddy I don’t know – busy doing stuff with the nest, which, interestingly enough to me, opens from underneath the nest. Not a construction choice I would have thought of in a nest, you know what I mean?

And you can see a munia leaving…

Fly, munia, fly!

Lonchura striata, White-Rumped Munia, Nitamba Sudu Vikurulla, building a nest, Sri Lanka Lonchura striata, White-Rumped Munia, Nitamba Sudu Vikurulla, building a nest, Sri Lanka

Lonchura striata, White-Rumped Munia, Nitamba Sudu Vikurulla, building a nest, Sri LankaAnd here’s a munia relaxing after a hard day of nest restoration and remodelling work. Can’t say I blame him (her?) for taking a break…

3 thoughts on “White-Rumped Munias Building a Nest”

  1. Dear Laurie,
    How are you?
    It has been a while, as I have been away on a trip!
    Those birds are amazing.
    I can feel the vibrancy they bring to any location.
    When I was away I was in contact with many birds too, and it was a delight to have them near and connect with them.
    .-= Ana Goncalves´s last blog ..Blossoming wisdom =-.

  2. Ana, I’m good. I’ve been thinking of you, actually, thinking that I need to reconnect with you. I hope all is well. 🙂

    I love that we have a wide variety of birds here, and I love that I get to hear them sing and watch them build nests and fly around. I love it. 🙂

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