Red Avadavat
Amandava amandava

The species is native to Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Viet Nam.
There are towns established in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), Brunei, Fiji, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Hawaii.

The sexes are different. In the adult male plumage is almost entirely red, the Chin, throat, chest, top of the abdomen and flanks are bright Scarlet. The sides of the chest and flanks have spotted with small white dots. The tail is blackish brown, finely fringed in white at the tip of the lower face. The lower part of the abdomen, the anal area and the bottom of the tail are black or blackish brown with shades of Red. The beak is short, red.

Common at the local level, the Red Bengalis are common among the high grass, Juncos, reedbeds, shrubs and bushes, generally, in areas close to water or wetlands. It is above all a kind of the Plains, but can climb to the 1500 meters in Java and Bali, even up 2400 meters in the small islands of the Sunda.

There are two subspecies:

Amandava flavidiventris He lives in Burma,in the North of Indochina and the Sunda Islands.

Amandava punicea He lives in Indochina, Java and Bali and has many more white spots. The Red of their nuptial plumage is more alive than in the nominal species. The two subspecies are somewhat smaller and less present in imports.

Sound of the Red Avadavat.

Generally live in pairs or in small groups of up to thirty individuals. In winter, the demonstrations are larger and sometimes birds are grouped into more than a hundred individuals, sometimes with other species such as Capuchin, sparrows or email us. Its bedrooms are usually located in the common Reed or cane fields. They are very territorial and vigorously defend the entrances to some of their nests.

In the India, the breeding season occurs during the second half of the monsoon season or during the dry season. The nests are found on land or at a low height. They are built with thin strips of grass, stems and other plant materials. The female lays 4-6 white eggs which are incubated during 11 - 12 days by both parents. The young leave the nest after 3 weeks. When leaving the nest, adults are very attentive and communicate with their chicks with sweet notes, especially in the night, When it comes to remind them the location of its nest.

It has a mainly vegetarian diet. This bird feeds on grass and a wide variety of seeds. Also eat rice and millet. His observation in captivity suggest that the reds Bengalis also feed in the nature of a small amount of insects such as ants and caterpillars.

The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence of any reduction or substantial threats.

The Bengalis can be kept in spacious cages, in external birdcages or interior, Although farming has better chance of success if kept in external birdcages. Since you dislike empty spaces it is best to decorate your Habitat with an abundance of plants . Love the Sun and the heat so the Aviary should be oriented so that you can to maximize the available hours of sunshine. At the same time it must be protected and have a shelter to protect them from the cold days during the winter months.
Bengali along very well with other species with which you can share Habitat.Less tolerant of its kind during the reproductive season ,It is best to keep a single partner in each Aviary.



If you liked, rate this entry.
5/5 (1 Review)

Sharing is caring!!

Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

1 Comment
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Maria del Pilar Maya Elejalde
Maria del Pilar Maya Elejalde
11 August, 2018 3:57 am

Hello Could you tell me how do I bring red-amandava bengali to Colombia?
Thank you

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x