Red Avadavat

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names

Red Munia, Strawberry Finch

Native Habitat



Grass seeds


Red Avadavat

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The Red Avadavat is a sparrow-sized bird of the Munia family. It is found in the open fields and grasslands of tropical Asia and is popular as a cage bird due to the colourful plumage of the males in their breeding season. It breeds in South Asia during the Monsoon season.

This small finch is easily identified by the rounded black tail and the bill that is red in all seasons. The rump is red and the breeding male is red on most of the upper parts except for a black eye-stripe, lower belly and wings. There are white spots on the red body and wing feathers. The non-breeding male is duller but has the red-rump while the female is duller with less of the white spotting on the feathers.

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    ৰঙা টুনি
  • Bhojpuri:
    लालमुनी चिरई
  • French:
    Bengali rouge
  • Gujarati:
    સુરખ, લાલ મુનિયા, લાલ તપશિયુ
  • Hindi:
    लाल मुनिया
  • Kannada:
    ಕೆಂಪು ರಾಟವಾಳ
  • Malayalam:
    ചുവന്ന മുനിയ
  • Marathi:
    लाल मुनिया, लाल मनोली
  • Punjabi:
    ਲਾਲ ਮੁਨੀਆ
  • Sanskrit:
    सेव्य कलविङ्क, लट्वाका
  • Tamil:
    சிவப்புச் சில்லை
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