A Stand Out Gem Covered With Bright Scarlet Plumage, Speckled With Bright White Spots! (25 pics)

Meet the strawberry finche, AKA the red avadat or red munia.

They are tiny unique birds that are only three to four inches long and live in small flocks in tall grasses near water.

Strawberry Finch Perched on an Ear of Paddy

You’ll also find them in jungle clearings, gardens, and open meadows.

They are easy to spot because of their bright scarlet plumage, speckled with bright white dots.

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Both males and females have a dull brown coloration when not breeding, and when the time is right, this all changes.

The male birds rich red feathers appear brighter when it’s time to attract a mate.

Couple of Red Munias Sitting on a Branch

Males take on a deep red crown and back with scattered white dots. The underside and sides of the head are a rich scarlet color.

Females also undergo a makeover for the season, after molting their underside becomes a bright orangey-yellow.

Pair of Female Strawberry Finches on a Branch

Male and Female Strawberry Finches During Breeding Season

Interestingly, both genders change the color of their beaks, but this is to do with the length of daylight.

Outside of the breeding season, males and females take on a duller appearance.

Male Red Munia
Strawberry Finch Outside of Breeding Season

During the winter months, their beaks will darken and turn black, but during the warmer months, the beak becomes red.

Once couples pair up, they remain monogamous for the entire season.

These birds are often kept as pets due to their coloration and wild populations have been introduced in Hawaii and Fiji.

Male Amandava amandava

Red Munia in the Grass

They can be found across the grasslands and fields of tropical Asia, their original population was spread across Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Male Red Avadavats Perched on a Branch

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In their natural habitat, they breed when it is the monsoon season, building a globular nest made out of grass blades, in which they lay around 5 – 6 eggs.

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Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!