Fact Sheet: Mannikins and Munias

NameLicence Req?NameLicence Req?
AberdeenNoRufous-backed MannikinNo
BengaleseNoSilver-headed NunNo
Black-headed NunNoSpiceNo
Chetnut-breastedNoTri-coloured NunNo
Cut-throatNoWhite-bellied MuniaNo
PictorellaYesYellow-rumpedYes

FEEDING

DRY SEED MIXTURE: comprising millets and plain canary seed.

FRESH WATER: for drinking and bathing

REGULAR GREENS: such as milk thistle, endive, dandelion, seeding grasses, etc.

LIVE FOODS: mealworms, maggots, white ants, etc.

SOAKED/SPROUTED SEEDS, CUTTLEFISH, SHELLGRIT, CHARCOAL.

HOUSING

AVIARIES*: minimum height 60cm; 3700 sq.cm. first bird, add 1800sq.cm. per extra bird

CAGES*: minimum height 34cm; 1000 sq.cm. first bird, add 500 sq.cm. per extra bird

PLANTS: most individuals do not harm plants. Chestnut-breasted and yellow-rumpeds may cause damage whilst breeding. Beware of toxic plants

MIXING: Generally tolerant of other birds. These species may hybridise if kept together.

ROOSTING: some species build roosting nests to sleep in at night.

SPECIAL CARE: Toe nails can become overgrown and may need clipping. A variety of branch sizes can help to prevent this.

*In Victoria, a Code of Practice for the housing of caged birds applies to the keeping of birds in captivity and requires you to provide adequate space, food, water, etc. for your birds. These codes are available from Agriculture Victoria. Measurements are based on the largest species of the group.

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(NOTE: ALL LICENCING INFORMATION RELATES TO VICTORIA ONLY)

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