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Red Avadavat or Strawberry Finch

The red avadavat (also known as strawberry finch or red munia) is a sparrow-sized bird that is native to southern Asia. Avadavats inhabit open grasslands and paddy fields and breed during the tropical monsoon season. They are gregarious during the non-breeding season, forming flocks of up to 100… Learn More


Does the harvest for wildlife trade or captive breeding of this species harm wild populations?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Wild populations appear to be healthy
  • Wild individuals harvested and sold illegally for the pet trade

Invasive Threat

Does the release or escape of this species into the wild harm the environment and/or economy?

Significant Cause for Concern

  • Established self-sustaining populations in several countries/regions outside of native range
  • Considered an agricultural pest

Ease of Care

Does harvest, captive breeding, transport, or being kept as a pet harm individual animals?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Needs large enclosure with room to fly
  • Social—should be kept in groups; breeding individuals can be aggressive

Health Risks

Does this animal pose a health risk to native wildlife, humans, livestock and agriculture?

Little Cause for Concern

  • May carry bacterial and parasitic diseases that could infect humans or other birds

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