Scientific Name: Amandava amandava
Malay Name: Ciak Merah
Chinese Name: 红梅花雀
Widespread in South Asia, Indochina, Indonesia (Java and Lesser Sundas).
Polytypic. Subspecies are: amandava, flavidiventris, punicea.
Size: 9.5-10 cm
Breeding male has distinctive bright red plumage, with white spots along flanks and on feather tips. Female has brownish-grey plumage with white spots on feather tips, black lores, and red rump.
Habitat: Grasslands, fields.
Behaviour/Ecology: Gregarious, occurs in flocks. Feeds on seeds and other small invertebrates.
Local Status: Uncommon introduced resident.
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Recorded in Lim Chu Kang, Tuas South, Punggol.
BirdLife International. (2016). Amandava amandava. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22719614A94635498.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021