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Java Sparrow

Java Sparrow

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Scientific Name:

Lonchura oryzivora


Java, Bali.


Mainly seed eater. Cereal crops, especially rice, grass seeds, seeds of flowering plants, a few insects.


Habitat:  Open grassland and woodland, rice fields, residential areas.

Incubation: 13-14 days / 4-7 eggs

Social structure: Small or large flocks of hundreds of individuals

Weight: 27.8g max

Dimensions: 15cm


Lifespan:  2-7

Estimated population in the wild: 2,500-9,999


Threats: Trapping for the domestic and international bird trade, persecuting as a rice crop-pest, hunting for local consumption.

IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Did you know that:

  1. Males perform a complex courtship dance involving bowing, jumping and singing.
  2. The nest is a loosely built structure of dried grass, constructed under the roofs and eaves of buildings in towns and villages, or in bushes and treetops in more rural areas.

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