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Padda

 
 
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
 
Phylum: Chordata
 
Class: Aves
 
Order: Passeriformes
 
Family: Estrildidae
 
Genus: Padda
 
Species
See text.

Padda is a genus of estrildid finches restricted to islands in southern Indonesia.

These are small, plump, gregarious passerine birds. They frequent open grassland and cultivation and feed mainly on grain and other seeds, including rice.

Both species have white-cheeked black heads and thick bills. The sexes are similar, but immature birds have brown upperparts and paler brown underparts and cheeks.

The call of both species is a chip, and the song is a raid series of call notes chipchipchipchipchipchip.

The species are

  • Java Sparrow, or Java Finch Padda oryzivora
  • Timor Dusky Sparrow, Padda fuscata

Java Sparrow is a popular cagebird, and has been introduced in a large number of other countries. Both Padda species are threatened by trapping for the cage bird trade.

Reference

  • Finches and Sparrows by Clement, Harris and Davis, ISBN 0-7136-8017-2

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