16 Feb This Small Bird Has Too Many Names
This Small Bird Has Too Many Names
If you need something new to worry about, here’s a problem few have considered: This small bird has too many names.
Officially, it’s a Scaly-breasted Munia.
Or, it’s a Spotted Munia (in some sources).
Before its recent name change, it was a Nutmeg Mannikin. But in pet stores it was sold as a Spice Finch.
If you’re a ornithologist, you would know this bird as being Lonchura punctuate (or L. punctuate).
Then, if you own one as a pet, you would call it by the name you gave it. That could include more possibilities than all the sounds made by humans.
Meanwhile, this bird is too busy being a bird to bother with such matters.
I suppose this is one of the advantages of having a small brain. There’s no room for nonsense.
By the way, the bird in the above photo is a juvenile. When it matures, it will look like this.
These photos were taken at the Fullerton Arboretum.
See more photos of birds at the Fullerton Arboretum: Fullerton Arboretum Birds
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