|Common Name||Java Sparrow|
|Latin Name||Lonchura oryzivora|
|Average Lifespan||12 Years|
|Average Length||5 Inches|
|Average Weight||20 Grams|
|Song Type||Soft, Repetitive|
Noise Level & Talking Ability
The Java finch has very calming vocalizations with a signature chip-chip-chip song. Males court females with songs that include a coordinated clicking sound with their beak similar to a drum
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.
Java Sparrows can be housed with other finches, doves, grass parakeets, and budgies but care should be taken as Javas can be a bit aggressive and dominant with other birds. Avoid housing them with passive species like society finches and zebra finches as they will pick on them.
Seed: Despite having a large beak these birds still require a finch mix, be sure to feed your birds a good quality finch mix especially if you desire to breed.
Sprouts: Java Sparrows love sprouted seed but be sure to clean thoroughly before feeding to your birds to remove any bacteria. Mung beans and sunflower make a good addition to your normal finch sprouted mix. Fruits and veggies can be given daily. Some greens include seeding grasses, Lebanese cucumber, silverbeet, chickweed, and endive.
Live Food: During breeding, Java Sparrows will eat a lot of live food such as mealworms and fly pupae. You can also feed an insect mix (find products in the Related Shopping Section)
Grit: Java Sparrows swallow their seeds whole and require grit to aid in their digestion.
Provide plenty of perches, ladders, swings, and toys to keep them happy. They also enjoy bathing, so a dish of water for this purpose will be much appreciated.
|Age of Maturity||1 Year|
|Average Clutch Size||4 - 6 Eggs|
|Nest Box||5"x 5" or larger|
|Breeding Life||5 - 10 Years|
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. Males have a bigger beak.
Decreasing - Endangered
- Our website has an abundance of information about species, behaviour, talking ability, and ownership essentials you may need to begin. This is a great place to start narrowing down your search for the bird best suited for your family. Once you have researched various bird species and narrowed down your choices, please contact us via phone or email to create an appointment to meet the birds and ask any questions you may have in regards to care, nutrition, and the best fit for your home.
- We will set up a date and time for you to meet the bird(s). We will notify you of our current protocols and procedures. If you have decided on a specific bird, we recommend that you put a deposit on it. Birds will not be held without a minimum 50% deposit. If you put down a deposit before meeting the bird and after meeting the bird decide it is not a good fit, we can refund your the deposit in full. If you are placing a deposit prior to meeting a bird, your appointment to meet the bird must be within the following week.
- If you are meeting a bird(s) that is not weaned, you will not be able to take the bird home that same day. If you are meeting a bird that is weaned, and you are properly prepared to have the new bird in your home, we will go over a care sheet and answer any questions you have during your appointment. If that is too soon, and your home is not ready, you can book a pick-up appointment within the following week. Again, to reserve a bird you must put down at least a 50% deposit or payment in full.
- When your bird is weaned and ready to go home you will receive an email with the following information
• A link to our care sheet in printable PDF form.
• A link to book a timeslot for your care sheet / bird pick-up.
• A link to the food your bird is eating as well as toys, treats, and other essential items to start your new adventure!
- Read the care sheet, write down any questions you have, ensure you’ve got the correct food and a proper variety of toys and perches, as well as a suitable cage. Then book your pick-up appointment! Please show up within 5 minutes of the appointment start time. If you have a carrier for your new bird, feel free to bring it. We can provide a travel box if needed.
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Before You Buy
We offer a seven-day health guarantee on our handfed birds. A mandatory educational care sheet will be gone over at time of purchase. You must provide your bird with suitable shelter, food, water, vitamins and minerals from time of purchase.
We suggest that within three days (72 hours) of purchase, you bring your bird to an avian vet for a complete examination. This is at the cost of the pet owner. Should any health problem occur or be discovered, inform us IMMEDIATELY, with a written report otherwise the health guarantee is void. Any veterinary fees at this point need to be cleared by Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc.
The health guarantee does not apply if there is another bird in your home that was not purchased from Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc. or if the bird leaves the store unclipped.
We cannot guarantee the gender or temperament of your bird. Our handfed birds are tame but may take some time to adjust to their new surroundings. The more time is spent socializing with your pet bird after they have settled into your household, the better your relationship with your pet will be. After the seven day period any warranty will be at the discretion of Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc.