(Estrildidae; Ϯ Red Avadavat A. amandava) Specific name Fringilla amandava Linnaeus, 1758; "Many species of small birds are liable to be thus affected by feeding much upon hemp-seed; among others, the field-lark and the wood-lark, but none perhaps so readily as the alp, or "bull-finch" (pyrrhula vulgaris). Still it would appear that this diet is only a predisposing, not the real cause of this change of colour, for I have known the small tropical amandavat (amandava punctata? mihi, fringilla amandava Linnæus), of the bird-shops, to become wholly black when fed entirely on Canary-seed" (Blyth 1836); "Amandava Blyth, 1836, in White, Nat. Hist. Selborne, p. 44, ftn. Type, by monotypy, Amandava punctata Blyth = Fringilla amandava Linnaeus." (Traylor in Peters 1968, XIV, 348).
Synon. Sporaeginthus, Stictospiza.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 10 December 2018).