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The Bronze Mannikin is one of the smallest munia species. The adult is a compact bird with a short black tail and stubby black and pale grey mandibles.
It is black to brownish black on the head, chin, throat and center of the chest, with some purple-green iridescence on the face and sides of the breast.
It has greyish brown upper parts and white underparts with irregular barring on the flanks and rump.
A small green iridescent patch is present on the outer scapular feathers.
The sexes are similar.
Immature birds are pale brown above with buff head and underpart plumage.
This species has a number of calls including a rreep-rreeep in flight, a twittering when perched, consisting of various wheezy or buzzing notes. The song is a concatenated and somewhat repetitive series of notes.
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