The Java Sparrow

The Java Sparrow, otherwise known as Java finch, is particularly appreciated for its plumage in shades of gray with the exception of its belly which is rather pink. The whole forms a harmony because the legs are also dark pink. Its song is also very characteristic because these birds alternate deep notes and particular noises that embellish the melodies.

A varied diet

The Java Sparrow people greatly appreciate the grains of rice that they are used to eating in the wild. You should not hesitate to give them some because they will make them happy while providing a high proportion of slow carbohydrates. It particularly appreciates seeds from passionflower or bamboo. Mixtures available in pet stores will allow to offer him all the seeds they like. For their protein rate, it will be important to give them all kinds of insects because they appreciate their taste. This contribution will allow them to preserve their energy in all seasons.

They also appreciate fruits cut into pieces such as apples and bananas. As a food supplement, cuttlefish bones can be placed at the bottom of the cage to provide a source of calcium. Advice from the veterinarian will help determine if other food supplements should be introduced into his food to ensure his good development and solid health.

Adapting your cage

The Java Sparrow measures only fifteen centimeters but is quite big so we will have to think about finding a cage long enough to allow it to fly and to have enough space. The best option remains however the aviary which allows more movements and will not limit it. Just like small birds, it appreciates to be able to find high perches so it will be interesting to install several of them so that it can change place according to its mood. He likes to have branches and foliage in his cage so it will be possible to create a beautiful space for him.

The Java Sparrow is easy to adopt because it can be satisfied with a solitary life as well as being with its fellow creatures or a female. This particularity explains its great popularity among individuals looking for an ideal bird to live in a cage or aviary. It has the advantage of not suffering too much from climate change even if it will be necessary to reserve a place for him for the cold winter nights. It is always necessary to avoid leaving it in a draught because it could quickly fall ill.

Particularities to know

For people who are looking to adopt a couple so that they feel less lonely and can reproduce, it should be noted that the sexual dimorphism of these birds makes identification quite difficult. Pet stores will gladly offer the trick to recognize them because only the male sings. This information will also be very useful for people who want to enjoy the sweet song of their Java Sparrow or on the contrary those who wish to have a bird calm and quiet enough to simply offer them their charming company.

Specialists who are used to selling this type of bird will also be able to indicate that the Java Sparrow appreciates eating greenery several times a week in addition to their usual diet. The millet in bunches remains their favorite so it will be interesting to give some on a regular basis. Some breeders, at the time of sale, will specify that they often offer vegetables and germinated seeds to the Java Sparrows and that it is important to continue this habit in order to diversify their contributions as much as possible. In this way, no deficiency will appear and the animal will always be in good health during its life which can last between five and eight years.

A close relationship

It will be interesting to adopt several Java Sparrows at the same time because they enjoy being together. They are used to smooth each other’s plumage. When their affection is important, they like to snuggle together. This show is very touching because the Java Sparrows raised together quickly become life companions who become accustomed to living together. Family ties are also very strong and it will be possible to witness very affectionate scenes between the children and their parents throughout their lives.

In the absence of a nest already made or of elements useful for reproduction, it is rare that couples mate. Avoiding to put a nest will make it possible to keep a couple without having babies to manage. If the Java Sparrow owner decides to allow a brood to enlarge the family, he will have to take care to remove the nest quickly after the brooding because the male is very prolific and leaves little respite to the female between two broods. The young males sing as early as possible, which produces beautiful music in their new home.