from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A small conirostral granivorous finch-like bird, of the order Passeres, suborder Oscines, family Ploceidœ, subfamily Spermestinœ; the Estrilda amandava, a native of India, and one of the commonest exotic cage-birds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) The strawberry finch, a small Indian song bird (
Estrelda amandava), commonly caged and kept for fighting. The female is olive brown; the male, in summer, mostly crimson; -- called also red waxbill.
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- noun The strawberry finch, a small
Indian songbird(Estrelda amandava), commonly caged and kept for fighting.
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- noun red Asian weaverbirds often kept as cage birds
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The red munia, or amadavat, or _lal_ (_Estrelda amandava_) is, next to the paroquet, the bird most commonly caged in India.
Bonelli's eagle, the tawny eagle, the brown fish-owl, the rock horned-owl, the raven, the amadavat and the white-throated munia.
The nest of this little bird is more loosely put together and more globular than that of the amadavat.
The nest of the amadavat is large for the size of the bird, being a loosely-woven cup, which is egg-shaped and has a hole at or near the narrow end.
This family includes the weaver-birds, famous for their wonderful hanging retort-shaped nests, and the munias, of which the amadavat or _lal_ is familiar to every resident of India as a cage bird.