Beyond Imagination: The Striking Strawberry Finch in Bright White Spots

Strawberry finches are more commonly known as the red avadavat or red munia. They are small, sparrow-sized birds will in the Estrukdudae family.

They are easy to spot because of their bright scarlet plumage, speckled with bright white dots. They can be found in the Indus valley in Pakistan. As well as the plains of the Brahmaputra extending down into the Indian Peninsula.

1. A Bright Red Gem

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“Red Avadavat (Amandava amandava)” by gilgit2 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.


“Red avadavat” by shxrao is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Strawberry Finches Habitat

The strawberry finch prefers to live on flat plains, loving tall grassed areas, preferably near water.

Introduced populations can be found in southern Spain, Brunei, Egypt, Fiji, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Hawaii, and Singapore.


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In their natural habitat, they breed when it is the monsoon season, building a globular nest made out of grass blades, in which they lay around 5 – 6 eggs.

In May their beaks turn red, which then darkens more in November and December. In April their beaks quickly turn black before starting the whole cycle again.


“Red Avadavat” by Sai Adikarla is licensed under CC BY 2.0.


“Two males of Red Avadavat (Amandava amandava), at Raigad, Maharashtra, India” by Shantanu Kuveskar is licensed under CC BY 4.0.


“Red avadavat” by shxrao is licensed under CC BY 2.0.


“Red avadavat (Amandava amandava), Red munia in habitat” by Shino jacob koottanad is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.


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