The Gottlieb Native Garden

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Munias Have Returned

Scaly-breasted Munia or Nutmeg Mannikin or Spice Finch or Spotted Finch

With its many names, this non-native bird (endemic to Asia) might be best called by its latin name Lonchura punctulata.  It has been added to the California Bird Records Committee State List with the common name Scaly-breasted Munia, so we call it that in the garden. 

After being absent from the GNG during the summer months while they bred, Scaly-breasted Munias have now returned.  They tend to show-up around Halloween, and his year was no different.

Scaly-breasted Munia - Lonchura punctulata