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Amadavat, or Avadavat (Estrelda amandava), the Red Waxbill, a finch common throughout India, named from Ahmadabad, whence they were formerly imported into Europe in great numbers. General plumage of female olive-brown; that of the male in summer is more or less crimson, but after the breeding season he assumes the dusky plumage of his mate. The males are valued for their song, and the natives train them to fight like gamecocks.