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Java Sparrow
Java Sparrow

The Normal Java

Country of Origin: Islands of Java

Size: 15 cm in length from the beak to the tip of the tail.

Life span: up to 9 years

Scientific Name: Padda oryzivora, Lonchura oryzivora




Original (Grey): This is the colour that we all know and love. It’s the same colour as the Wild Java.

White Java: Pure white Javas are lovely looking birds. I only have one of this type which was from a normal grey pair which must be split.

The Silver Java: Dilute silver known as a Light Silver ( Opal Pastel ).

The Isabel Java (Fawn): The hen has a light brown cap and the cock has a dark brown cap.



Java Sparrows are large, full-bodied finches. They have impressive beaks that look like they could do some serious damage, however, they are harmless. Males and females are nearly identical in appearance. There are a number of ways to distinguish between the sexes. Like most members of the Lonchura family, the males sing and perform a little dance. The dance is not much to see and many don't think much about the song, but I find it a pleasant, tropical sounding song. Unlike most mannikins, you can actually hear it for some distance. Waiting for them to sing can be a test of patience however.



Java sparrows are sociable birds and live in fairly large colonies. They make good aviary birds and can be kept with a number of other types of birds with no problems. They occasionally fight and bicker amongst themselves but it is very rare that it evolves into a full fight.



Canary and millet seeds, millet sprays, green food and some soft food.


Special Needs

If aviary is peaceful (only a few other inhabitants), may breed throughout the year, which could lead to egg-binding problems. Limit breeding period from May to July and no more than four clutches per season.



They are active birds in an aviary and the provision of branches at both ends of the aviary will allow them to exercise their flight skills and keep fit.


Cage Life

The Java Sparrow makes ideal aviary inhabitants. Male stretches out neck and makes unusual bubbly noise. Prefer half-open nest boxes, 30 X 25 X 25cm or beechwood blocks, entrance diameter 5cm. Do not hang too close together to avoid fighting. Lay 3 to 5 eggs, incubation 12 to 15 days, fledging 26 to 28 days.