Red Avadavat

Scientific Name: Amandava amandava

Malay Name: Ciak Merah

Chinese Name: 红梅花雀

Range: Widespread in South Asia, Indochina, Indonesia (Java and Lesser Sundas).

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: amandava, flavidiventris, punicea.

Size: 9.5-10 cm

Identification: 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: Rare 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. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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