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

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.

Notes

  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

References

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