Honolulu is for the Birds!

I’m still looking for this crazy white bird. Manu-o-ku (which is a white fairy tern), now recognized as Honolulu’s official bird, is still hiding from my camera. The Star Bulletin’s photographer found one for their story released back in April. I guess I need to cross the street because they aren’t hanging out by Iolani Palace. Maybe I will find one eventually.

Until then, I found these guys! I had to do some searching for what they’re called because they are the cutest darn things. The official title for these birds is Grey Java Sparrow.

Grey Java Sparrow Adults

They are also sometimes referred to as the Java Rice Bird, Java Temple Bird or Paddy Bird. Paddy bird refers to rice paddies. They like rice… uh, so do the rest of us in Hawaii! You can read more about them here. This is what they sound like. They look like a cross between a parakeet and a finch, but, their color is different from both of these other birds.

Group of baby Java Sparrows

These are their babies learning how to forage in the grass for food. They haven’t developed much color yet except for their telltale pink-orange beaks. They’re so tiny they disappear in the grass in some spots. Their are two adults with each gang of little ones and those are, presumably, their parents. Judging by the size of this little troop, their nest must have escaped any pesky over-sized geckos!

Grey Java Sparrow

They look almost fake or like they’re made of plastic. They let me get pretty close but they had to give me that side glance to be sure I wasn’t getting too close.

Pair of baby grey java sparrows

They are cute as heck! These tiny finch-like babies sit in pairs on trees with only wispy branches. There are four or five sets at a time snuggled in pairs on the same branch but spaced about a foot apart. No, I’m not a bird watcher. I just want to get a picture of my official city bird. But, in the meantime, I couldn’t resist these cuties.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pua // Jul 25, 2007 at 4:45 am

    i love the cardinals, especially the males in their pretty red ‘outfit’. mynah birds can be at times a little annoying…they can sit on your roof and fight with each other making big noises. pua

  • 2 Evelyn // Jul 25, 2007 at 5:46 am

    Hi Pua!

    Yes, those red-vested little guys have always been a favorite of mine as well. 🙂 I keep trying to catch a glimpse of what is now Honolulu’s official bird. But, these little hams bouncing around in the grass were just too cute to ignore.

    Thank you for the visit and for the comment! 🙂

  • 3 Blue // Jul 26, 2007 at 6:06 am

    Those are just so beautiful! We have cardinals in VA, but those birds are breathtaking.

  • 4 Evelyn // Jul 26, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Hi Blue! I thought so too. I just couldn’t resist getting closer to them. They are unusual but they’ve been around for a while apparently. Oahu has guinea hens and peacocks running wild too… just not in downtown Honolulu. 🙂

  • 5 D. Ox // Jul 27, 2007 at 7:00 am

    Lovely blog, would love to visit someday. You may like our “relationship” blog “Ox …After Dark” and I’ve added you in MyBlogLog.
    All the best,
    D. Ox

  • 6 Evelyn // Jul 27, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Hello Mr. Ox, both of your blogs look good, for different reasons. Ox… After Dark looks entertaining but Dumb Ox Daily News looks more informative. I guess it just depends on what mood you’re in. Thank you for the visit!

  • 7 Michael // Jul 27, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    What a wonderful blog about God’s little creatures. I too just love those cardinals. Please keep on posting these fantastic articles about your beautiful islands.

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