Scaly-breasted Munias are among the most common Munias. This is a small bird with a very distinctive appearance.They are found even in urban areas as well as cultivated lands, grasslands, scrub, secondary growth.Scaly-breasted Munias specialise in eating grass seeds and sedges, and have large conical beaks adapted for this purpose. They feed both on seeding heads on grass stems, as well as on ripe seeds that have fallen to the ground. They may also snack on small berries, such as those of the Lantana bush.

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