The Chestnut Munia are fast little birds! I mentioned them in my very first blog post, Birds Wake-Up First. My first encounter with them was when I was walking on the outside path to the laundry room and interrupted their dinner party in the back field.
They are small dark red finches that fly around in a large group of 20-25. Group…what exactly do you call a bunch of finches? Flock didn’t seem like the correct term. When I think of a flock I think of pelicans, or herons, or some other big lumbering bird with a long wingspan. The term flock didn’t really seem to fit this lively group of birds. They all tweet as they quickly fly by and I can hear them coming before I see them. They’re like the Hell’s Angels of Maui…on tiny high-pitched motorcycles. They normally zoom passed a window and land in one of the open fields and are too far away to get a good photograph.
This particular day a few of them landed in the orchid tree. It sits closer to the side of the house and we were able to hang over the edge of the lanai railing and get a decent photo of them.
Please excuse the quality of the photo. Our equipment is not made for close up bird photos, unless they’re getting married. We have no plans on splurging on that HUGE birding lense anytime in the near future. When we have more of a demand for bird weddings, then we will invest in that piece of glass. (it’s a joke…I know birds don’t get married…)
Now that we had a photo distinct enough to see their markings, we could identify them. This took almost as long as getting a good photo of them. Besides Hawaii, the Chestnut Munia also reside in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, according to wikipedia. Wikipedia also says a group of small birds can be called a dissimulation. Sounds a little too negative for my preference. I think I like pack better. What do you think?
Aloha and mahalo (thank you) for stopping by!
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