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Java Sparrow

Java Sparrow
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS + EF 1.4X II Ex, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-07 23:53
Viewed: 5128
Points: 8
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Photographed in a free flight aviary in Palmerston New Zealand

The Java Sparrow, Padda oryzivora also known as Java Finch 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.

Habitat: The Java Sparrow is a very gregarious bird which feeds mainly on grain and other seeds. It frequents open grassland and cultivation, and was formerly a pest in rice fields, hence its scientific
name. The nest is constructed in a tree or building, and up to eight eggs are laid.

Characteristics: The Java Sparrow is 17cm in length. 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, but immature birds have brown upperparts and paler brown underparts and cheeks.

The rest of their head is dark grey rather than black, and the bill is grey with a pink base.

The call is a chip, and the song is a rapid series of call notes chipchipchipchipchipchip.

Threats: Due to ongoing habitat lost, trapping and hunted in some areas for the cage bird trade and food, the Java Sparrow is now uncommon in its native range. It is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and is listed on Appendix II of CITES.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 1:54 p.m.
Date: 22nd May 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM
Extender: Canon EF 1.4X II
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/4.5
Focal Length: 280mm
ISO: 200
External Flash: Canon 580EX Speedlite
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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It sure has some interesting details about it. Nice exposure for 280mm. I would never guess this to be a sparrow.
Sad bit of news at the end, but things go that way.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-08 1:05]

Hi Pam.what a cute bird you have show us today. very good detail and colour.the pink ring around the eye looks good.a nice pose and POV. very well done .TFS. good notes too

Hi Pam, beautiful bird in great pose, good focus and excellent details, great sharpness, wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Beatiful bird.
Otima foto nitida.Parabens pelo bonito
album de fotos.

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