Small Bird

by Brittany

This bird is small and grey. It has a black stripe on its head and a red beak.

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Jan 11, 2017
I saw this bird in India today
by: Anonymous

It's the Java Sparrow or the Java Finch!

Jan 11, 2017
Saw this today in India
by: Anonymous

Java Sparrow

Or

Java Finch

Jun 22, 2016
not me
by: Telma

Dear Margaret, thanks for the wonderful information! But I'm not the one who had the bird on the hand. I wish I did! :) I'm just a bird lover like you. I was trying to figure out the bird's name to help Brittany, the girl who posted the picture, but I don't know her. I live in Brazil and, as far as I know, we don't have this kind of bird around here. But we do have waxbills, which were brought here from Africa, a long time ago. That's why I thought of a waxbill in the first place.

Jun 22, 2016
Small Bird
by: Margaret Mariam

Not all pet birds are banded. Only one of my 3 is.
And, unfortunately, the band numbers only lead back to the original breeder or seller. Pet birds change hands often, when adopted by people who don't understand how long they live and how much care is involved.
The fact that he is happy to be on your hand, suggests to me that he was, at one time, a pet. Is he still with you ?

Jun 22, 2016
finch, possibly..
by: Telma

I guess you're right, Margaret. Waxbills have a red 'mask' upon their eyes and this one has none. It might be a finch, though I could not find each of them finches this one is supposed to be. I guess if it was someone's pet, this birdie would have a ring around its ankle, wouldn't it?

Jun 22, 2016
small bird
by: Brook

Hello there,
I'm concerned about why it is sitting so intently on your finger. It must be someones pet. I think you should advertise in a "found" ad along with the pic.
you don't say where you are located and that would help for our ID, can you post your location.

Jun 21, 2016
On Google images the waxbills all have red
by: Margaret Mariam

...extending from the beak, and masking the eyes. Could this be a kind of finch ? Someone's pet ? How does it happen to be on your finger ?

Jun 21, 2016
waxbill?
by: Telma

Could that be the waxbill? Take a look here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_waxbill#/media/File:Estrilda_astrild.jpg
Read its description in wikipedia: "The bright red bill of the adult is the colour of sealing wax giving the bird its name.[2] The plumage is mostly grey-brown, finely barred with dark brown. There is a red stripe through the eye and the cheeks and throat are whitish. There is often a pinkish flush to the underparts and a reddish stripe along the centre of the belly depending on the subspecies. The rump is brown and the tail and vent are dark. Females are similar to the males but are paler with less red on the belly."

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