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Male Red Avadavat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Estrildidae
Genus: Amandava
Blyth, 1836

A. amandava
A. formosa
A. subflava

Amandava is a genus of the estrildid finches. These birds are found in dense grass or scrub in Africa and South Asia. They are gregarious seed-eaters with short, red bills. In earlier literature, amadavat and amidavad have been used.[1] The name amandava, along with amadavat and amidavad are all corruptions of Ahmedabad, a city in Gujurat, India from where the first few specimens of the Red Munia Amandava amandava were obtained.[2] The members are:

The two avadavats, which are very closely related, are found in tropical South Asia, and the waxbill in Africa. Various members of this genus are sometimes placed in Sporaeginthus.


  1. ^ Newton, A. & H. Gadow. 1896. A dictionary of birds. Black.London. p.11
  2. ^ Pittie, A. 2004. A dictionary of scientific bird names originating from the Indian region. Buceros 9 (2): p6


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