Tiny brown finch-like with speckled sides

by Sue
(Texas)

The bird looks like a very small sparrow or finch. It is almost a solid, fairly dark brown in its upper body, but on its sides beneath its wings, it has beautiful cross-hatching or speckling that is unique. I've never seen a pattern like it on a backyard bird. It looks almost like a netting of dark brown with white spots. They come in small flocks to the feeder and have the cone-shaped bill of a finch, and they appear to eat millet. I haven't been able to get a decent photo yet.

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Jun 30, 2018
Spice finch NEW
by: Anonymous

I found out what they are -- scaly-breasted munias. They're also called nutmeg finch, spice finch, etc. They are descended from escaped pets that have naturalized here. Very pretty little things. They show up late in the day at my feeder.

Jun 24, 2018
They are finches NEW
by: Dianne

Those are spice finches.

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