Java Sparrow (Padda oryzivora)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
This is a pair of Java Sparrows (Padda oryzivora). Despite the common name, these birds actually are a kind of finch, not a true sparrow. Their beaks certainly do look more finchy than sparrowy, don't you think?
They are native to the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali. It is believed that they first arrived here in Hawaii in the mid-nineteenth century as caged birds, and either escaped or were set free. Environmental conditions in Hawaii must suit them, because Java Sparrows are plentiful now, particularly on the island of Oahu. We began seeing them in our area of the Big Island about 10 years ago. Java Sparrows love seeds, so they are enthusiastic visitors to our bird feeders.