Red fody

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Red Fody
Foudia madagascariensis - Wüstenhaus 6.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ploceidae
Genus: Foudia
Species: F. madagascariensis
Binomial name
Foudia madagascariensis
(Linnaeus, 1766)

The Red Fody (Foudia madagascariensis), sometimes known as the Red Cardinal Fody or Common Fody, is a small bird native to Madagascar.

The Red Fody is about 5 inches in length and weighs 14–19 grams. The male of the species is bright red with black markings around each eye. Its wings and tail are olive-brown. The female fody's upper body is olive-brown and its underbody is greyish-brown.

It is a common bird found in forest clearings, grasslands and cultivated areas. In Madagascar it is regarded as a pest to rice cultivation. It has been introduced to other areas of the Indian Ocean, included the Amirantes, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius and Réunion.

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