Red Avadavat (Amandava amandava)- Female in Kolkata W IMG 3311.jpg
, West Bengal
The Red Munia
, Amandava amandava
also known as Red Avadavat
or Strawberry Finch
, is a sparrow-sized bird of the Munia
family. It is found in South Asia
with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 10,000,000 km². They are popular cage birds due to the colourful plumage of the males in their breeding season. Their normal habitat is open grassland and paddy fields. They breed in the monsoon season. The species name amandava
and the common name of avadavat
is derived from the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat
from where these birds were exported into the pet trade.
The species is native to Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam
Introduced populations also exist in southern Spain, Brunei, Fiji, Malaysia, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Hawaii.
- Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern