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Family: Estrildidae Genus: Amadina Preferred Scientific Name Amadina erythrocephala (Linnaeus, 1758) Preferred Common Name Red-headed Finch Other Common Names Paradise Sparrow Paradise Finch Red-headed Weaver Other Scientific Names International Common Names English: Red-headed Finch Spanish: Estrilda Cabecirroja French: Amadine à tête rouge Local Common Names Czech: amadina červenohlavá Denmark: Rødhovedet Amadine Germany: Rotkopfamadine, Rotkopfastrild Italy: Amadina testarossa Netherlands: Roodkopamadine Japan: ooikkouchou Norwegisch: Rødhodeamadin Polnisch: amadyna czerwonoglowa Portugal: Degolado-de-cabeça-vermelha Russia: Красноголовая амадина Slovakia: amadina červenohlavá Schweden: rödhuvad amadin Status: Least Concern (LC) Size, Weight:  12 - 13 cm; 17,5 g Ring size:  Habitat: AFRICA It is to be found in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in a total distribution area of 1,600,000 km². The slightly darker species is in Bergville (W KwaZulu-Natal), in NE South Africa, present and described as race dissita, but appear inadequately differentiated from birds in rest of species’ range to warrant recognition. General: The male has a bright red or crimson head, and his breast is marked with black-rimmed white spots. The Female lack the red head and are more somber-coloured in general. Red-headed finches are best kept in large cages or aviaries. In nature they nest in colonies, but only one single pair should be kept in a cage. In an aviary, multiple pairs may be housed together, but their behavior should be closely monitored for signs of aggression. In big aviaries red-headed finches are compatible  with java rice sparrows, also with spice finches, button quails and similar birds. The red-headed finch is from the appearance somewhat resembles to the cut-throat finch (amadina fasciataar), but is a bit larger. With keeping the red-headed finches together with the cut-throat finch is the danger of interbreed. Hybrids will be fertile. Number of eggs: 3 - 6 Incubation period: 12 - 13 days Nestlings leaving nest after 21- 24 days





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