Chestnut-breasted mannikin/chestnut-breasted munia

This chestnut-breasted mannikin was probably collected at Brown’s Lagoons in December 1844. In 1944 Miss Fox, a school mistress from Beckenham donated 20 mounted birds from Australia and 2 from New Zealand to RAMM. We do not know how she came by them. Their significance has recently been uncovered by Clemency Fisher from National Museums Liverpool. The Australian birds were collected by John Glibert and John Murphy on the Queenstown leg of the Leichhardt Expedition which ended at Port Essington in December 1845. Most of the specimens are listed in Murphy's manuscript diary.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Natural History
Collection Class
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collector Excavator
Fox, Miss E M (from the collection of): Murphy, John and Gilbert, John
Common Name
chestnut-breasted mannikin/chestnut-breasted munia
Simple Name
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)

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ESTRILDIDAE: Lonchura castaneothorax (Gould): chestnut-breasted mannikin: chestnut-breasted munia