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Javan sparrow

Padda oryzivora


Relatively recently introduced to Sulawesi. Description from The Java Sparrow also known as Java Finch, Java Rice Sparrow or Java Rice Bird is a small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in Java, Bali and Bawean in Indonesia. It is a popular cagebird, and has been introduced in a large number of other countries. Some taxonomists place this and the Timor Sparrow in their own genus Padda. The Java Sparrow is about 15-17 cm in length from the beak to its tip of tail feathers. The adult is unmistakable, with its grey upperparts and breast, pink belly, white-cheeked black head, red eye-ring, pink feet and thick red bill. Both sexes are similar. Immature birds have brown upperparts and pale brown underparts, and a plain head. Very young birds have a black beak with a pink base.


It is a juvenile form. Please, compare to the adult forms at ( which are photographed January 2011. Page 1 is the right-most individual at page 2.

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1 Comment

Arun 11 years ago

Awesome capture !!

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Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

Spotted on Jan 4, 2013
Submitted on Jan 10, 2013

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