The Black and White Mannikin or Black and White Munia (Lonchura bicolor) is a species of estrildid finch found in southern and central Africa. It has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 4,200,000 km. It is found in moist savanna and subtropical/tropical lowland moist forest habitat. The status of the species is evaluated as least concern. They are known to feed on algae.
Geography: Central Africa
Song / Call: Click here to listen to Black & White Mannikins
Size / Weight: 4″ / 8 – 11 gm
Sexing: Monomorphic (visually difficult to sex). However, DNA testing is available to ensure desired gender.
Temperament: Black and White Mannikins for sale are friendly, talkative and social birds.
Breeding: These birds are somewhat difficult to breed. Black and White Mannikins should be provided with an Open Bamboo Nest as well as Nesting Materials.
Diet: Classic Finch Seed, Australian Blend Goldenfeast, Mineral Grit, Dried Egg Food, Cuttlefish Bone, mealworms and soft foods like greens and sprouted seeds
If there is no gender option listed for a bird on our website, that particular species is ‘monomorphic’, which means we’re unable to determine gender without purchasing DNA testing. DNA testing is an additional $149 per bird to guarantee preferred gender. DNA testing may add an additional 3-6 plus weeks to estimated delivery time to allow for gender results. See our FAQs for more info.