JAVA SPARROW


Padda oryzivora


Description:

The beautiful Java Sparrow, also known as Java Finch, Java Rice Bird, and Java Temple Bird, travels in loose flocks. The Java Sparrow originates from Southern Asia, where it can be found in Java, Bali, and Sumatra. Here they are regarded as a serious agricultural pest in rice fields. Just look at their scientific name for evidence. Padda stands for Paddy, the method of cultivating rice. The word Oryza is the genus for domestic rice, Therefore, Padda oryzivora in translation means rice paddy eater.


Appearance:

General: Sexes similar. 6.5 inches in length.

Adult: Gray upperparts and breast. Pinkish belly. Black head with large, white cheek patch. Bright reddish-orange eye ring. Large, thick, conocal, reddish-orange bill. Black tail. White undertail coverts. Pink legs and feet.

Immature: Brown upperparts. Paler brown underparts. Dark gray head with pale brown cheek patch. Gray bill with a pink base.


Habitat:

Towns, cities, gardens, open country and ricefields.


Nesting:

3-8 eggs. The eggs have a ? day incubation period. Fledging occurs in ? days. The nest is a deep, open cup made from coarse material, such as hay, grass, and pine needles. Nests are constructed bushes, treetop, or under building roofs.


Observed Locations:

  • Sheraton Hotel Waikiki, O'ahu, Hawaii
  • Kihei, Maui, Hawaii





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