Please see Part 1 of this article for information on the natural history and captive breeding of the brilliantly-colored Strawberry Finch (Amandava amandava). I relayed there that my first experiences with wild-caught Strawberry Finches left me with the impression that they are among the world’s most spectacularly-colored birds. However, captive-born individuals, while beautiful, often fall far short of the color standards set by their parents…today we’ll take a closer look at this phenomenon. Read More »
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Color Loss in the Strawberry Finch or Red Avadavat
In addition to gorgeous coloration, the Strawberry Finch (Amandava amandava) possesses just about every other quality one could ask for in a finch. Both males and females sing sweetly year-round, and also amuse keepers with a variety of unique buzzing sounds and low “growls”. Their courtship and breeding behavior, which is displayed readily, is among the finch world’s most interesting. Small wonder they are perennial favorites in both the pet and zoo trade.
Range and Habitat
The three subspecies of Strawberry Finch occupy a huge range that extends from southern Nepal and Pakistan through much of Southeast Asia to Indonesia. It is a bird of marshes, swamps and other habitats near water, but also visits fields, gardens and farms while foraging.
The Strawberry Finch’s popularity has resulted in a number of intentional and accidental introductions. It is now established in such far-flung locales as Hawaii, Spain, Egypt, Fiji, Singapore and Puerto Rico (I imagine that a diligent search might turn up a few in Florida as well!). Read More »