Red Avadavat

Amandava amandava

The Red Avadavat, Red Munia or Strawberry Finch is a sparrow-sized bird of the Estrildidae family. It is found in the open fields and grasslands of tropical Asia and is popular as a cage bird due to the colourful plumage of the males in their breeding season. It breeds in the Indian Subcontinent in the Monsoon season. The species name of ''amandava'' and the common name of ''avadavat'' are derived from the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat from where these birds were exported into the pet trade in former times.
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Appearance

This small finch is easily identified by the rounded black tail and the bill that is seasonally red. The rump is red and the breeding male is red on most of the upper parts except for a black eye-stripe, lower belly and wings. There are white spots on the red body and wing feathers. The non-breeding male is duller but has the red-rump while the female is duller with less of the white spotting on the feathers.
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Scientific Name
Amandava amandava

Alternate Names
Red Munia, Strawberry Finch

Marathi
लाल मुनिया, लाल मनोली

Gears : Canon EOS 600D with Tamron G2 150 ‑ 600 mm 

September 2018 

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Distribution

Red Avadavats are found mainly on the flat plains, mainly in places with tall grasses or crops often near water. The species has four named populations. The nominate subspecies is found in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan; the Burmese form has been called ''flavidiventris'' ; the population further east in Java is called ''punicea'' and in Cambodia ''decouxi''.

Introduced populations exist in southern Spain, Brunei, Fiji, Egypt, Malaysia, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Hawaii.
Male of Red avadavat They can be spotted in flocks of 20+..
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Behavior

This finch is usually seen in small flocks, flying with rapid wingbeats and descending into grass clumps where they are hard to observe. Pairs stay together during the breeding season. These birds produce a distinctive low single note ''pseep'' call that is often given in flight. The song is a series of low notes. Birds of a flock will preen each other, ruffling their head feathers in invitation. They feed mainly on grass seeds but will also take insects such as termites when they are available.

They build a globular nest made of grass blades. The usual clutch is about 5 or 6 white eggs.

The beak begins to turn red in May and darkens during November and December. The beak then turns rapidly to black in April and the cycle continues. These seasonal cycles are linked to seasonal changes in daylength.

Two ectoparasitic species of bird lice have been identified living on them and a paramyxovirus has been isolated from birds kept in Japan.
Red Avadavat known by many names like Red avadavat, red finch, strawberry waxbill, strawberry finch, Red munia.. 
This female with other flock was feeding in morning time on this pods.. 
Whole flock was very shy and were not allowing to shoot at all.. So i didn't had any option of waiting till one of it appears on branches in front of me.. And this female did appeared for few seconds and this branch was moving cause of breeze so managed this shot.. Not a sharp shot i expected but still its showing this beautiful female with her normal habitat..  Amandava amandava,Bird,Maharashtra,Nikon,NikonD5200,Red Avadavat,Tamron,abhitap,asia,avifauna,birding,birds,estrildinae,finch,incredibleindia,india,jadhav,jadhavwadi,munia,pimpri-chinchwad

Habitat

Red Avadavats are found mainly on the flat plains, mainly in places with tall grasses or crops often near water. The species has four named populations. The nominate subspecies is found in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan; the Burmese form has been called ''flavidiventris'' ; the population further east in Java is called ''punicea'' and in Cambodia ''decouxi''.

Introduced populations exist in southern Spain, Brunei, Fiji, Egypt, Malaysia, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Hawaii.This finch is usually seen in small flocks, flying with rapid wingbeats and descending into grass clumps where they are hard to observe. Pairs stay together during the breeding season. These birds produce a distinctive low single note ''pseep'' call that is often given in flight. The song is a series of low notes. Birds of a flock will preen each other, ruffling their head feathers in invitation. They feed mainly on grass seeds but will also take insects such as termites when they are available.

They build a globular nest made of grass blades. The usual clutch is about 5 or 6 white eggs.

The beak begins to turn red in May and darkens during November and December. The beak then turns rapidly to black in April and the cycle continues. These seasonal cycles are linked to seasonal changes in daylength.

Two ectoparasitic species of bird lice have been identified living on them and a paramyxovirus has been isolated from birds kept in Japan.
The Red Avadavat  Amandava amandava,Geotagged,India,Red Avadavat

Evolution

The Red Avadavat were earlier included in the genus ''Estrilda'' by Jean Delacour. This placement was followed for a while but morphological, behavioural, biochemical and DNA studies now support their separation in the genus ''Amandava''. The Estrildinae are thought to have evolved somewhere in the Indian plate and moving into the African and Pacific regions and it has been estimated that the Red Munia diverged from the Green Munia about 9 mya.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyEstrildidae
GenusAmandava
SpeciesA. amandava
Photographed in
India