Red Avadavat

Amandava amandava

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Estrildid Finches (Estrildidae)

Code 4

REAV

Code 6

AMAAMN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red Avadavat has a large global range, estimated at approximately ten million square kilometers. It is primarily found in Asia, though it has been introduced to the United States, Fiji and Puerto Rico. This bird prefers Subtropical and Tropical Forest, Shrubland and Grassland ecosystems as well as Wetlands, arable land, and plantations. The population of the bird has not been determined fully but the bird is considered common in many of its native areas. The Red Avadavat does not currently meet the criteria for the IUCN Red List and has an evaluation level of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Red Avadavat: This small, active finch native to South Asia is bright red overall with small white spots, brown wings, black tail with red upper tail coverts, black lores, white crescent below each eye, red bill, and pink legs and feet. Female is dark brown, paler beneath, with white spotted wings and red rump. Feeds on insects and seeds. Undulating flight, alternates flapping and gliding.

 

Range and Habitat

Red Avadavat: Breeds in the Indian Subcontinent in the Monsoon season. Common in marshy areas and fallow fields on Oahu, Kauai, Hawaii, and Maui. This was a popular caged bird that escaped as early as the 1900's. Found primarily on the flat plains, mainly in places with tall grasses or crops often near water.

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Red Avadavat SONGS AND CALLS

Red Avadavat H1

Call is a soft "jeet".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Jeet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Red Avadavat is also known as the Red Munia and Strawberry Finch.
  • The species name amandava and the common name avadavat are both derived from the city Ahmedabad, in Gujarat, India. This is where they were first exported into the pet trade.
  • They are the only waxbill where the male goes out of color when not breeding.
  • A group of finches has many collective nouns, including a "charm", "company", and "trembling" of finches.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Tail covertsX
The short tail feathers covering the base of the long tail feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X