January 17, 2016 – Timor Sparrow, Timor Dusky Sparrow, Timor Munia, Timor Finch, Kupang Sparrow, Kupang Munia, Brown Ricebird, or Brown Padda (Lonchura fuscata)

Found on the islands of Timor-Leste, Semau, and Roti in Southeast Asia, these finches are closely related to the similar looking Java Sparrow. Their diet consists mostly of grass and weed seeds, which they pick from the ground or sometimes directly from seedheads. Often foraging alone or in small groups, they may also join larger flocks of up to 50 birds with other grain-eating species. They are classified as Near Threatened due to habitat loss and possibly capture for the cage-bird trade.

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