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Java Sparrow

Java Sparrow
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-11-06 7:34
Viewed: 3180
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Java Sparrow, (Lonchura oryzivora) also known as Java Finch, Java Rice Sparrow 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. Some taxonomsts place this and the Timor Sparrow in their own genus Padda.

The Java Sparrow is about 15-17 cm in length from the beak to its tip of tail feathers. 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.

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

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.

The Java sparrow is considered to be a serious agricultural pest of rice. Due to ongoing habitat loss and hunting in some areas, 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.

The Java Sparrow was introduced in the Indian subcontinent, but it failed to become a successful resident on the Indian mainland although it has established a breeding population around Colombo, Sri Lanka. In the United States there a breeding population on several of the Hawaiian Islands, especially Oahu.
In the Caribbean, the Java Sparrow was introduced to Puerto Rico where it is fairly common near San Juan. It has also been sighted in Jamaica, but is not known to occur on any of the other islands.

The Java sparrow has been a popular cage bird in Asia for centuries, first in Ming Dynasty China and then in Japan from the 17th century, frequently appearing in Japanese paintings and prints. Meiji-era writer Natsume Soseki wrote an essay about his pet Java sparrow. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the Java sparrow was one of the most popular cage birds in the United States until its import was banned. Today it remains illegal to possess in California because of a perceived threat to agriculture, although rice-dependent Asian countries like China, Taiwan and Japan have not regulated the bird.

Source: Wikipedia

This photo is taken in bird park Avifauna.

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hallo Peter
bedankt,Jij hebt hier ook een leuke foto ,ze zijn altijg gezellig die rijstvogels
Leuke compositie zo aan het water
Prachtige kleuren en goed licht
bedankt gr lou

Hello Peter,
Nice and interesting photo of this bird,good compozition and nice colours.The sharpness is impressive!

Hi Peter,
interesting bird. Amazing colours. Perfect composition. Nice point of view.
Have a nice evening,

Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic bird, fascinating reflections, wonderful colors, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-11-06 9:23]

Nice closed up here you did capture him at a good moment while he was drinking.Nice point of view and well composed image.I also like the reflextion on the water
TFS Michel

Hello Peter

Beautiful close-up shot with an excellent timing
having photographed the bird with that pose,
very fine POV & DOF, it is in the reflection
over the water image that i love more the birds
glance with his eye, it is giving us that under
the water there is a bird and it is looking to
the bird that is outside the water ! TFS


Ciao Peter
Bellissimo primo piano, dettagli super e colori naturali. Ottimo POV e buona profondità di campo.
Ciao Nico

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6507 W: 89 N: 15620] (65341)
  • [2012-11-06 14:23]

Hi Peter,interesting capture and excellent quality despite ths difficult position,a rare guest of the TN gallery and a very good pic whit perfect details and colors,very difficult to make better in this light,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Beautiful photo Peter! Interesting subject, very good composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-11-07 6:37]

Very interesting and beautiful species in natural setting, well captured. tfs.

Hello Peter,
An excellent capture with fine colors, details & setting. Well composed & presented with a great POV. Great work & TFS. Best wishes!


Ciao Peter.
Bellissima foto di questo uccello mentre che beve,fotografato con una eccellente nitidezza, ottimi i dettagli e sopratuo degli,ottimi colori naturali complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-11-08 2:12]

Hello Peter,
For a Sparrow this bird looks very colorful..nice and natural pose and a fine reflection of the bird's head.
Well seen.
Have a nice day

Hello Peter
Perfect pic, very interesting bird in a nice moment.

An exotic species of birds for me, Peter.
Nice sharp and colourful picture from a good perspective.
Thanks and regards.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2415] (10650)
  • [2012-11-09 6:23]

Hallo Peter,
Nice photo of this bird. ..
Good exposure. Very fine brightness and colours. Nice composition too .
Best wishes,

Hallo Peter
What a beautiful bird is the The Java Sparrow with its broad beak. This is a first for me and like all 1st's of a kind it is always a pleasure to look and appreciate it for either its looks, uniqueness of just because it is fascinating. In this intance I like the red bill and red lining alongside its eye. The reflection in the water is a definite + in this image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Peter. Great pic for the bird in action while's drinking. Beautiful natural colours and light MF.


Hello Peter,
Not very much time to spent on TN. I am very busy at work. Amazing details and colors of this interesting bird species. Very good WB and perfect POV. Incredible sharp details and lovely clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-11-11 11:20]

Hi Peter,
Perfect point of view. Excellent detail and colours.
Regards Jiri.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-11-11 17:35]

Hello Peter,
Definitely a new bird for me and one with such beautiful colors and unique markings. Love the unusual looking bill that reminds me of ivory dipped in a bit of red coloring. I also like the reflection in the water and nice detail.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-11-15 6:50]

Hola Peter, excelente foto de esta pequeña ave, me gusta mucho el color, enfoque, luz, pero sobre todo el entorno y el movimiento de la toma...saludos.

Hello Peter,
Beautiful capture with nice details and excellent composition.Colours and the gesture is impressive.
TFS and my regards,_Joy

what good picture! thank you Peter for this nice beauty.
very well captured sharp image with good colour and tone.
best wishes,

Hallo Peter
Java Sparrow is what a beautiful bird. Its plumage is similar to Bohemian Waxwing or Grey Hypocolius. Pinky large beak shows it very handsome. You greatly captured it when it drinking. Focus, POV, timing and composition also very nice. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Well done my friend.

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