Note: Java Rice Finches (aka Java Sparrows) are illegal to import or possess in the following states: California, Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Florida, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wyoming, Maine, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Your state may require a Possession Permit to own Javas. Legislation regarding legal ownership of these birds is pending in several states. Please check with your State’s Fish & Wildlife Department for up to date information before purchasing.
Description: Known as The Good Luck Bird, Sparrow Finch, Java Sparrows, Paddy Finches, and the Java Rice Finch – Normal, it originates from Asia, but has since been introduced into many locations. In captivity, it is gregarious and long-lived. Normal Java Rice finches for sale are calm but intimidating due to their stature, as they are approximately 5-6″ from beak to tip of tail, making them suitable with more assertive finches. They were considered pests to the rice fields, hence their scientific name. DNA testing at is available to ensure gender if desired.
The head, nape and chin of the Normal Java Finch have colors of black with white cheek patches and outlined in black. The primary flight wings feathers and upper tail converts are also black. A blue-gray covers the bird’s mantle, back, secondary wings, chest and rump. The belly is a cinnamon brown color and the under tail coverts are white. Javas have red-pink beaks, legs and eye circles. Both sexes look identical with only slight differences in beak shape and color.
Behavior: The male Java Finch is the only gender that sings. Young male birds will attempt to sing at about 1-2 months after they fledge. In order to hear the bird sing you can separate them from all other birds. If the bird in question is a male it will start to sing after about a week of solitude.
Size: About 5″ in length
Diet: Finch Seed, Australian Blend Goldenfeast
If there is no gender option listed for a bird on our website, that particular species is ‘monomorphic’, which means we’re unable to determine gender without purchasing DNA testing. DNA testing is an additional $149 per bird to guarantee preferred gender. DNA testing may add an additional 3-6 plus weeks to estimated delivery time to allow for gender results. See our FAQs for more info.