|Male red avadavat|
Amandava is a genus of the estrildid finches. These birds are found in dense grass or scrub in Africa and South Asia. They are gregarious seed-eaters with short, red bills. In earlier literature, amadavat and amidavad have been used. The name amandava, along with amadavat and amidavad are all corruptions of Ahmedabad, a city in Gujarat, India from where the first few specimens of the red munia Amandava amandava were obtained.
The members are:
- Red avadavat or red munia, Amandava amandava
- Green avadavat or green munia, Amandava formosa
- Orange-breasted waxbill or zebra waxbill, Amandava subflava
- Newton, A. & H. Gadow. 1896. A dictionary of birds. Black.London. p.11
- Pittie, A. 2004. A dictionary of scientific bird names originating from the Indian region. Buceros 9 (2): p6