Munias (Thottakkaran Kili) migrate to fields in search of food
Kasargod: It’s the season of movement for black-throated munias. They have started migrating to the fields looking for food. Munias are widely seen in hilly areas of Kerala. They are locally known as ‘Thottakkaran Kili’.
Seeds are the favourite of Munias and they move long distances in search of seeds. The bird watchers say that munias rarely visit fields for food especially if there is livelihood around. They were found on hilly areas of the district in the bird census and survey.
Anoopkumar a native of Cheemeni found a flock of munias on his premises. A black-throated munia has a height of 12 cms. The beak is strong and colored ash. The back is dark brown with fainted lines and face has a mixed black color.
The lower part of the body is reddish brown. The males and females of munia generally look alike. They make nests on trees and vines using grasses.
They lay more than 35 eggs at a time and look after the nest together.