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 Java Sparrow/Zebra Finch
Animal Summary

Java Sparrow and Zebra Finch - The zoo's Java sparrow and zebra finch also reside in the native song bird exhibit.  They enjoy their water bath and share the space on the perches inside the nests.


  • Bird bones are mostly thin, hollow, and alight to allow for flight.
  • The Java sparrow is also known as Java rice bird, Java finch, and Java temple birds.
  • A key indicator of telling a male Java sparrow from a female is to look at their beak.  The males have a larger dark red beak, where as the female has a more slender pink beak.
  • A group of finches can called a "charm", "company", or "trembling".
  • Zebra finches in the wild can be found mainly in drier areas of Australia but will use other habitats as well.  They live year round in flocks of up to 100 or more birds.
  • Zebra finches pair for life.  The female selects the nest site, male gathers nest material, the female constructs the nest, and both care for the eggs and young.

The java sparrow is listed as vulnerable  It is uncommon in its natural range.

The zebra finch is an animal of least concern for becoming endangered.


The java sparrow is considered a serious agricultural pest and is hunted because of it.  Habitat loss and trapping for the pet trade have also take a toll on their population numbers.

Threats to the zebra finch are a loss of natural food sources and predation by cats.

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