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Cut-throat Finch (Amadina fasciata, male - Djenné, Mali, 2008).jpg
Cut-throat finch (Amadina fasciata)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Estrildidae
Genus: Amadina
Swainson, 1827

Cut-throat finch
Red-headed finch

Amadina is a genus of estrildid finches. Established by William John Swainson in 1827, it contains the following species:[1]

The genus name Amadina is a corrupted diminutive of the genus name Ammodramus, the genus of several American sparrows. Swainson thought the cut-throat finch formed a link between that genus and the genus Estrilda, and created the name to reflect that linkage.[2]


Image Common Name Scientific name Distribution
Cut-Throat Finch 2010 10 06 11331.jpg Cut-throat finch Amadina fasciata Sub-Saharan Africa
Amadina erythrocephala (l) edit.jpg Red-headed finch Amadina erythrocephala Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.


  1. ^ "ITIS Report: Amadina". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Names. London, UK: Christopher Helm. p. 43. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.