One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small southern Asian waxbill that is often kept as a caged 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)
- ‘In the branches of the papaw nestle amadavats, orioles, and brilliant palm-birds.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Drive to Kumbhalgarh Fort where green avadavat and white-naped tit are possible and stone chat is usually seen in the fort.’
Late 17th century: named after the city of Ahmadabad in India, where the birds were sold.
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