The Java Finch, (Padda oryzivora) is a gregarious little visitor to my backyard. It's unusual to see just one; instead they hang in loose groups and can make quite a racket when feeding. And as the scientific name suggests, they hail from places where they can dine on rice (Java, Bali, Sumatra). In fact, they are viewed as crop pests in these locations, and their numbers have dwindled there as well. Here on Oahu their numbers are growing, and they are now found in many of the neighboring islands. Their distinct markings make them easy to identify: bright red-pink bill, black head, and white cheeks. The body is a sleek, beautiful gray against the blush underbelly and pink legs. The juvies markings are browner and less distinct.
welcomes you to visit with the all the wonderful flora and fauna that we share this lovely aina with.