The Madagascar Fody Foudia madagascariensis, sometimes known as the Red Cardinal Fody or Common Fody is a small bird native to Madagascar.
The Madagascar Fody is about 5 inches in length and weighs 14-19 grams. The male of the species is bright red with black markings around each eye. Its wings and tail are olive-brown. The female fody's upper body is olive-brown with a greyish-brown underbody.
It is a common bird found in forest clearings, grasslands and cultivated areas. In Madagascar it is regarded as a pest to rice cultivation. Although it is native to Madagascar, it has been introduced to other areas of the Indian Ocean, included the Amirantes, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius and Réunion.
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