1105 Java Sparrow


Java Sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora), also known as Java Finch, Java Rice Sparrow or Java Rice Bird
Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu, Hawaii
January 28, 2014.

I think this bird looks more like a finch than a sparrow. It originally came from Indonesia and is a pest bird for rice farmers. It is a caged pet bird throughout the world, but has a large wild population in Hawaii, especially Oahu. If you walk around in Waikiki, you find plenty of Java Sparrows in park areas.



juvenile Java Sparrow
Aina Haina, Hawaii
January 23, 2014

I photographed these juvenile birds in the backyard of the house where my wife grew up – now occupied by her brother. There is a stream running next to the back yard and lots of mango, star fruit and other trees on the property. Aina Haina is a suburb valley in Honolulu.

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