Mainly seed eater. Cereal crops, especially rice, grass seeds, seeds of flowering plants, a few insects.
Habitat: Open grassland and woodland, rice fields, residential areas.
Incubation: 13-14 days / 4-7 eggs
Social structure: Small or large flocks of hundreds of individuals
Weight: 27.8g max
Estimated population in the wild: 2,500-9,999
Threats: Trapping for the domestic and international bird trade, persecuting as a rice crop-pest, hunting for local consumption.
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
Did you know that:
- Males perform a complex courtship dance involving bowing, jumping and singing.
- The nest is a loosely built structure of dried grass, constructed under the roofs and eaves of buildings in towns and villages, or in bushes and treetops in more rural areas.