The Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata also known as Nutmeg Mannikin or Spice Finch is a small
passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in tropical southern Asia from India
and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia and the Philippines. The Scaly-breasted Munia is 11–12cm in length.
The adult has a stubby dark bill, brown upperparts and darker brown head. The underparts are white
with black scale markings. The sexes are similar, but immature birds have pale brown upperparts, lack
the darker head and have uniform buff underparts.