The beautiful Java Sparrow (Padda oryzivora) is listed on CITES as “Vulnerable”.
Java Sparrows were once common over all of Bali, especially in the areas of rice fields. They are now very rare in Bali. FNPF is concerned that they will be threatened with extinction before they become classified as endangered, so FNPF has started a project to build a backup wild population on Nusa Penida. This population can then be used for relocation to areas of Bali in the future. Java Sparrows are flock birds. They survive by living and flying in large numbers to support the occasional loss of the weak and the slow. Hence, at least 100 birds are required to build a viable population.
In partnership with Mr John Duffield in Ubud, Bali, FNPF will rehabilitate and release a flock of approximately 100 Java Sparrow in July 2011. John Duffield is rearing the birds in his aviary in Ubud, Bali.