This bird saves the best till last when he puts on his strikingly spectacular suit of strawberry flecked with pearl white spots

When you think you’ve seen the most gorgeous bird in the planet, another one appears to steal your breath away.

The red avadavat (Amandava) is a small, sparrow-sized bird in the Estrildidae family that is easily identified by its crimson body with tiny white spots.

This bird saves the best till last when he puts on his strikingly spectacular suit of strawberry flecked with pearl white spots

The rounded black tail and crimson beak of this tiny sparrow make it easy to identify.

The mating male has a red rump and is red on most of his upper body save for a black eye-stripe, lower abdomen, and wings.

The crimson body and wing feathers have white dots. Because of the bright plumage of the males during breeding season, they are attractive cage birds.

This bird saves the best till last when he puts on his strikingly spectacular suit of strawberry flecked with pearl white spots

The young males of this species are duller, whereas the hen’s upper body is brown-gray and her underside to under tail is yellow-gray.

Their native range extends from Pakistan’s Indus valley to the Brahmaputra lowlands and south to India’s peninsula.

They live in the flat plains and can be seen in areas with long grasses or crops, frequently near water.

In addition to southern Spain, introduced populations may be found in Brunei, Fiji, Egypt, Malaysia, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and Hawaii.

This bird saves the best till last when he puts on his strikingly spectacular suit of strawberry flecked with pearl white spots

They reproduce during the monsoon season in their native environment.

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