Indian Silverbill
Indian Silverbill
Indian Silverbill
Indian Silverbill
Scientific Name 
Lonchura malabarica
Arabic Name 
فضي المنقار الهندي
Kuwaiti name 
11.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon resident; has bred in Kuwait. Considered non-indigenous in Kuwait; individuals may have originated from escaped caged birds. Breeding was first confirmed in 2004. Presumably native populations of this species are expanding their range in other parts of the Arabian peninsula.
Where in Kuwait 
They forage in small flocks in grassland and scrub habitats and have been recorded at Sabah Al Salem and Doha, near Entertainment City.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and is a common resident breeding bird in the drier regions of the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. They feed on the ground or on low shrubs and grass stalks. They constantly utter a low cheeping or chirping contact call as they forage.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation.