The BENGALESE OR SOCIETY FINCH, Lonchura (striata) domestica, has the distinction of never being known in the wild; it is known only as a cage/aviary bird and is reputed to be a stable hybrid created by aviculture in the Far East centuries ago. It is genetically related to the White-rumped Munia/Striated Finch
A sociable bird, male and female have similar plumage. They tend to be busybodies but good community citizens and the hens are good foster mothers for other species of finch.
The SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA, Lonchura punctulata, also called the SPICE FINCH in captivity, comes from South and Southeast Asia.
A sociable bird, male and female have similar plumage but males often have darker markings.
The WHITE-HEADED MUNIA, Lonchura maja, also called the WHITE-HEADED NUN FINCH in captivity, comes fromSoutheast Asia.
Male and female have similar plumage but males often have whiter heads which whiten more as they age.