The Green Avadavat Collection focuses on this little bird native to central India. This species of finch has a green and yellow body, a liptick-red beak, black and white ‘zebra stripes’ on its flanks and a glossy black tail. It is very unevenly distributed, mainly in the state of Rajasthan, and lives in tall grasses, low bushes, open dry woodland, sugarcane fields, mango orchards and lantana bushes. Its popularity as a pet is the main reason for the decline in its population. Owing to its relative fearlessness, it can be trapped quite easily, and as a result, its population appears to have been wiped out in certain areas. The second major threat is habitat loss due to the illegal clearing of land for residential and agricultural purposes.

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