Definition of avadavat in English:


(also amadavat)

Pronunciation /ˈavədəˌvat/ /ˈævədəˌvæt/

See synonyms for avadavat


  • 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)

    ‘Drive to Kumbhalgarh Fort where green avadavat and white-naped tit are possible and stone chat is usually seen in the fort.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was hoping to get a pair of green avadavats but the shop didn't have them anymore.’
    • ‘In the branches of the papaw nestle amadavats, orioles, and brilliant palm-birds.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 17th century named after the city of Ahmadabad in India, where the birds were sold.