English. Rice bird, probably the chestnut manikin,
Scientific name. Lonchura malacca.
Note. Also gen. for several other species of the genus,
Scientific name. Lonchura.
Cultural Note. These birds travel in large flocks capable of consuming vast amounts of standing rice in a short time.
Subanen. Sug besakan ku, mibuag maya, pu' mibinaya' mainug.
English. The rice birds devoured the rice in my paddy, for it was the last field to ripen.
In group with: lelangep; maya bengel; maya letin
English. Probably the nutmeg manikin,
Scientific name. Lonchura punctulata.
Subanen. Kiin maya bengel kaas iini piningalan nami dun, pu' sa' bugaun mu, laak da mekbeksaya ndi' lumayug; subay laawan mu gupia ditu mesempelen.
English. As for the deaf rice birds, the reason we call them that is because when you shoo them away, if you only shout, they don't
fly away; you must go right up beside them.
English. The dusky manikin,
Scientific name. Lonchura fuscans.