Madagascar Red Fody

The Foudia madagascariensis (scientific name) or Madagascar red fody is a native of the grasslands and forest clearings of Madagascar. Just 5 inches in height, this tiny bird has bright red-coloured plumage with black markings around its eyes. The wings and the tail are brown-olive in colour. The male and the female in this species differ, with the female being duller olive brown in colour on the upperparts and greyish brown on the underparts. Their diet is comprised mostly of seeds and grains, but they are also known to eat insects, nectar and arthropods. They are monogamous breeders, with an average clutch having 2-4 eggs incubated for approximately 2 weeks. Its IUCN listing is the LEAST CONCERN.

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