The Red Avadavat Attracts A Partner By Looking Like A Strawberry During Mating Season

If you were to search your favorite streaming site, you’d find plenty of documentaries about the wonders of nature. The natural world is expansive with many wonders, both big and small, as well as loads of incredible-looking animals. There is a wealth of impressively colored animals out there, most notably amongst the variety of bird species.

But when we think of stunning plumage, we most often picture peacocks. However, there are many, many more species of birds out there with equally as dramatic coloring, like the Red Avadavat.

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The Red Avadavat, also known as the Strawberry Finch, is a gorgeous little bird that is native to Asia.

What gives them their name is the jeweled red tone of their feathers, that are then off-set by white markings that make them resemble flying strawberries.


It’s truly awe-inspiring.

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The Strawberry Finches are similar in size to Sparrows. The female Strawberry Finches are brown and grey with random white markings. And the males are often quite similarly shaded to the females when they’re not in a mating season.


However, when mating season comes around, that is when the males undergo an incredible transformation where their plumage turns colors into the rich red tinge in order to help them attract a mate.


The red really makes their white spots pop, and given that they look like strawberries, that is where their nickname was derived from.

It is truly incredible what natural is capable of.


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