From some of the more popular ones to some that are hard to get hold of.
After the Normal (grey) Java Sparrow that seems to be the most popular and readily available,
there are a number of different colours available to the birdkeeper, these range from some of
the more popular colours like Fawn, Silver and White down to the other colours such as pied,cream,
Opal Isabel, Agate and Pastel.
The White is one of the popular colours and they always seem to do well on the show bench
there are two different types of white the red eyed and the dark eyed white. one theory is that the
dark eyed are 100% pied normal and the red eyed are 100% pied fawn. The white is a 100% pied
bird and whatever you pair them to they will put white feathering into the young hence all will be
pied. this may not be visible in the first generation but will show itself somewhere down the line. One
of the best whites was one bred by the late Billy Hughes (jssuk Committee Member) Billy won numerous
shows and bred many quality youngsters from the bird which he passed on to fellow members who
today still breed some lovely youngsters from this bloodline. Just before Billy passed away he gave the
to me and it was decided that the bird would not be shown again as a remark of respect to Billy, so it
was retired. I have not seen a bird of such quality to this day.
Whites are available from £25-£30 a pair
The Fawn or Isabel as it is sometimes called is another popular colour fawns are this colour due to
the birds eumomelanin missing, thus giving it a brown colouration. there is red brown and a beige
brown colouring available, seen mostly in the head colour, the latter being the darker colour and less
ginger in appearance. These birds always look good on the show bench and are often paired to the
Fawns are available from £25-£35 a pair
The silver or Opal as it is sometimes called is this colour due its phaeomelanin missing giving the bird
a pale silver appearance. This colour is also available in a dilute/pastel version where the colour is a
much lighter shade of silver ie silver pastel.
Silvers are available from £25-£30 a pair
The Pied is usually a normal bird that has random white feathering over its body but can also be found
in fawns and sometimes the other colours. A lot of fanciers do not like pied birds and this sometimes
goes for Java breeders also. People think that white is a fault with the bird but it is very difficult to set
out and breed a good quality pied bird. Pieds can vary from birds with just a few white feathers under
the chin to extensive white feathering all over the body and wings. When trying to breed pieds you are
basically aiming for a bird that is 50% white 50% coloured, this is extremely difficult to do, from 30-40
youngsters bred you may only get 2-3 birds that are any good for showing, I have seen pieds in shows
that are of exceptional quality but they have not won. my own opinion is that they should get more
recognition than they currently get.
one piece of advice I would give is to never pair a pied to anything other than another pied or a white
or you will be putting pied into your stock and once there is very difficult to eradicate.
Pieds are available from £10-£30 a pair
The Cream is fast becoming a popular colour as more and more being bred and become available
the cream is a combination of the fawn and the pastel java. The head, abdomen and tail are a very
pale gingery brown and the rest of the body is a very pale cream colour.
Creams are available from £30-£45 a pair
The Opal Isabel is a combination of the fawn and silver mutations. The cap and abdomen are a warm
very pale silvery brown, the chest is pale cream whilst the wings and back are a very pale fawn colour.
They are much paler than the cream mutation. For some reason not many Opal Isabels are bred and
I really don't know why as they are a lovely colour, the Society hopes to see more of these bred in the
Opal Isabels are available from £30-£40 a pair
The Pastel or Dilute is a much paler form of the Normal Java, whilst retaining the phaeomelanin
a certain amount of eumomelanin is lost in varying amounts, hence giving it a diluted colour
in appearance. This mutation is very difficult to obtain and are best sort from fanciers who keep
the cream mutation, but they are not readily available.
Pastels are available from £30-£45 a pair
The Agate or Topaz as it is called on the continent, is a lovely mutation not dissimilar to the normal
The head colour of the agate is a very dark brown colour, the belly a cream colour and the other
areas remain grey. Nestlings are a gingery colour. At this moment it is not 100% certain where
this colour originated from as young from pairing agate to agate have produced normal, silvers
opal isabels and pastels. The problem is this mutation was brought in from Belgium a number of
years ago and had been paired to other mutations so they keep throwing the other mutations
in there offspring. One thing I have noticed is if you pair a agate to a normal the young produced
do seem to have a exceptional feather quality
Agates are available from £35-£45 a pair
The Black Headed
The Black Headed Java is really still not recognised as a true mutation, a number have been
bred in the past and attempts at establishing them as a mutation have thus far come to nothing
the majority moult out in the second or third moult with white cheek patches beginning to show
through. The rest of the bird looks normal.
Black Headed are available from £15-£30 a pair