Definition of avadavat in English:


(also amadavat)


  • A small South Asian waxbill that is widely kept as a cage bird. The male has red or green plumage and a red bill.

    Genus Amandava, family Estrildidae: the red avadavat (A. amandava) and the green avadavat (A. formosa)

    Also called munia
    • ‘Drive to Kumbhalgarh Fort where green avadavat and white-naped tit are possible and stone chat is usually seen in the fort.’
    • ‘I was hoping to get a pair of green avadavats but the shop didn't have them anymore.’
    • ‘The species name amandava and the common name of avadavat is derived from the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat from where these birds were exported into the pet trade.’
    • ‘The rest of the day was spent birding with a guide in and around the fort looking for green avadavat, Indian pitta, jungle bush quail, thick billed flowerpecker etc.’
    • ‘In the branches of the papaw nestle amadavats, orioles, and brilliant palm-birds.’


Late 17th century: named after the city of Ahmadabad in India, where the birds were sold.