Amandava amandava, Strawberry Finch, Red Avadavat, Red Munia

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Amandava amandava, Strawberry Finch, Red Avadavat, Red Munia, Pipit Benggala The Red Munia, Amandava amandava also known as Red Avadavat or Amandava amandava, Strawberry Finch, Red Avadavat, Red MuniaStrawberry 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 km-ª. They are popular cage birds due to the colourful plumage of the males in their breeding season. Their normal habitat is open grassland and pady 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.

Two species of bird lice (an ischnoceran, Brueelia amandavae, and an amblyceran, Myrsidea amandava) are known to infect them.

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.

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