Home | Hobbies | Books | Mutiara Laut | Website Projects | Links

Bali Impressions-Animals in and around your house or Hotel


Amandava amandava, Strawberry Finch, Red Avadavat

The Red Munia, Amandava amandava also known as Red Avadavat or StrawberrAmandava amandava, Strawberry Finch, Red Avadavaty 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 kmē. 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 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.