- Foudia madagascariensis
13 cm (5 in)
- Crimson head and breast
- Black lores
- Black central streaks on mantle
- Blackish upper wings and tail
- Conical black bill
- Brown iris
- Males also occur in a yellow morph.
- Greenish-brown forehead, front and top of head
- Black streaks on nape
- Greenish-brown cheeks, lores, chin and throat
- Greenish-yellow supercilium
- Pale brown bill
- Brown iris
Immature and non breeding males are similar to females
Madagascar with several smaller islands.
They have been introduced to many Indian ocean islands, such as the Seychelles.
Subspecies bruante is not recognised by most authorities
They can be found in town gardens, spiny forests, open country and savanna.
Their diet consists mostly of seeds, but they also include nectar and arthropods.
The oval nest is made from strips of grass woven together by the male. The entrance is near the top. It is attached to reeds, tall grass shrubs or trees. The clutch consists of 2-4 pale bluish-green eggs which are incubated by the female. The chicks are fed by both adults.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2016)
- Weaver Research Unit
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Red Fody. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 4 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Red_Fody
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