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Strawberry Finches: A Gorgeous Rare Bird With Bright Red Plumage

Strawberry finches also commonly known as red avadavat or red munia are small, sparrow-sized birds of the family Estrildidae and can be easily recognized for their scarlet body paired with tiny white dots. Their natural range stretches from the Indus valley of Pakistan to the plains of the Brahmaputra extending south to the peninsula of India.

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Strawberry Finches Habitat

Strawberry finches inhabit the flat plains and are usually seen in places with tall grasses or crops often near water.

Introduced populations also exist in southern Spain, Brunei, Fiji, Egypt, Malaysia, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and Hawaii.

In their natural habitat, they breed in the monsoon season. tHEY build a globular nest made of grass blades. The usual clutch consists of 5 or 6 white eggs.

Their beaks begin to turn red in May and darkens during November and December. The beak then turns rapidly to black in April and the cycle continues. These seasonal cycles are linked to seasonal changes in daylength.

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