French: Bengali rouge German: Tüpfelastrild Spanish: Bengalí rojo
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. amandava
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Red Avadavat – patchily in Pakistan, India, S Nepal and Bangladesh.
A. a. punicea
(Horsfield, 1821) – SE Thailand, Cambodia, S Vietnam, Hainan, Java and Bali.
A. a. flavidiventris
(Wallace, 1864) – Yellow-bellied Avadavat – Myanmar (except Tenasserim), S China (SW Yunnan), N & C Thailand, N Vietnam (W & E Tonkin) and Lesser Sundas (Lombok, Flores, Sumba, Roti, Timor); recorded once in Laos#R.
9·5–10 cm; 7·2–9·5 g. Male nominate race breeding is red from head to back and uppertail-coverts, crown and back tinged brown, upperwing and tail brownish-black, scapulars,... read more
Call a high "teei" or "tsi", also high-pitched chirps; nest call "teh teh... read more
Grassland, low marshy plains, damp grass, reeds, rice fields, sugar-cane fields, tamarisk (... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds; occasionally insects, including termites (Isoptera). Clings to stems to take ripening grass seeds; takes ripe seeds also... read more
Season generally late in rains and early dry season, in India mainly during Jun–Dec monsoon in N, Jun–Aug in Assam, Oct–... read more
Resident in most of range. In NW border region of Pakistan recorded mostly May–Oct; some N... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common in Indian Subcontinent; scarce to locally common in SE Asia; locally not uncommon in E Java and Bali, rarer in W Java;... read more
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