Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)


Green Avadavat (Amandava formosa)


French: Bengali vert German: Olivastrild Spanish: Bengalí verde

Fringilla formosa


, 1790,



Has sometimes been placed in a monotypic genus, Stictospiza; recent studies of mtDNA, however, indicate monophyly with A. amandava and A. subflava. Monotypic.


C India from S Rajasthan, S Uttar Pradesh and S Bihar S to Maharashtra, N Andhra Pradesh and Odisha; records farther S to Kerala presumably refer to escapes#R.

Descriptive notes

10 cm. Male is olive-green above, rump greenish-yellow, tail glossy black; yellow below, brightest on undertail and its coverts, flanks barred black and white; iris brown,... read more


Calls include distinctive squeaky "swee, swee" and "chip"; song a prolonged... read more


Tall grass and low bushes, open dry woodland, sugar-cane fields, mango orchards, Lantana... read more

Food and feeding

Small grass seeds, small insects. Forages mostly on ground. Gregarious; occurs in flocks in non-breeding season, sometimes mixing with ... read more


Breeding records in May–Jan. Semi-colonial, in small groups. Male displays on ground and on perch, holds a stem in bill, fluffs nape... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Scarce to very locally quite common; decreasing. Formerly locally common or even abundant, but has declined rapidly; still fairly common around Mt Abu, in... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2019). Green Avadavat (Amandava formosa). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 10 December 2019).