The Streak-headed Mannikin Lonchura tristissima, also known as the Streak-headed Munia, and including the White-spotted Mannikin (L. t. leucosticta), is a small (10 cm in length) estrildid finch.
Mainly dark brown plumage with light streaking on head and yellowish rump; subspecies leucosticta also with white spotting on face, breast and upper wing-coverts.
Short buzzing note, repeated in flight.
Endemic to New Guinea and some adjacent islands. It has been recorded from Saibai Island, Queensland, Australian territory in north-western Torres Strait.
Grassy fringes of streams, forest clearings and abandoned gardens with secondary growth, in lowland New Guinea up to 1,000 m altitude.
Seeds, berries and insects.
Globular grass nest with side entrance, often suspended from rattans, in forest or at forest edge.
As a species with a large range and no evidence of population decline, it is assessed as being of Least Concern.