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Red Avadavat - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Red Munia, Strawberry Finch

Nominate subspecies : Male in breeding plumage
Photo © by vinaydarbal
Mysore, India, June 2010
Amandava amandava

Identification

9·5 cm (3¾ in)
The Red Avadavat is the size of a sparrow. The males in their breeding season have colourful plumage.

Distribution

South Asia - Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Introduced populations also exist in southern Spain, Brunei, Fiji, Malaysia, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Hawaii.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Nominate subspecies : Female
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, April 2016

Amandava amandava has three subspecies:[1]

  • A. a. amandava
  • A. a. flavidiventris
  • A. a. punicea

Habitat

Open grassland and paddy fields

Behaviour

They breed in the monsoon season.

Subspecies A. a. punicea : Non-breeding male (left) and female (right)
Photo © by Ayuwat J
Nam Kham Nature Reserve, Chiang San, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Vocalisation

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Recording © by Alok Tewari
Male giving lovely song close to a railway track; sound of a passing locomotive and train is heard in the BG.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia

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