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The red avadavat, red munia or strawberry finch is a sparrow-sized bird of the Estrildidae 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 the Indian Subcontinent in the monsoon season. The species name of amandava and the common name of avadavat are derived from the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, from where these birds were exported into the pet trade in former times.
Bharatpur - Dec 2014
Small & hard to photograph bird. Moves very quickly and always fly in flock. Mostly seen near the savanna grassland area.