The Java Sparrow Show Cage




In 2005 the JSSUK committee decided that, going forward, the Java Sparrow should have a recognised and standardised show cage. At the time the society was still relatively small when compared to other societies such as the BS, AFS, ZFS, NBFA to name but a few. It didn't seem to be appropriate to design a brand-new show cage as many members were also members of these societies and already had cages to suit foreign birds. After much discussion two cages were proposed, the Australian Finch Society cage (AFS) and the Budgerigar showcage.

The AFS type cage was agreed by the committee to be suitable for the Java Sparrow, but as they are quiet a larger than most Australian finches, the decision was made to increase the perch diameter size to 12mm. The only other modification was to include a safety bar on the drinker door.

1 - The bird should retain the sleek body profile of the original wild type Java Sparrow.

2 - The bird is to stand proudly and clear of the perch.

3 - The wings should be compact and carried close to the body, with the tips just meeting above the rump.

4 - The tail should be straight, tapered and a continuation of the body profile.

5 - A line from the eye to the point of the tail should be approximately 50 degrees from the horizontal.


1 - The bird should be active and give the appearance of vitality and radiant good health

2 - The bird should be clean and complete.

3 - The bird should not be over-fat or slim.

4 - The feathers should be smooth, close, tight and have a good sheen.
5 - No scars, imperfections or other sign of injury should be apparent.

6 - Feet should be a healthy pinkish colour with no scaling present.


1 - As the pattern of markings for Java Sparrows are very distinct in their evenness they must be clear-cut.

2 - The cheek patches should be pure white, sharp and clear-cut with no bleeding of body colour into the cheeks.

3 - The head colour (excepting whites and pieds) should be even and not patchy and should continue under the chin of the bird.


All colour patterns must at all times appear to be clean, clear, crisp and even. The evenness and intensity of colour should be considered when viewing the bird.

The bird should measure approximately 150mm from the tip of the beak to the point of the tail. It is important that birds exceeding this size retain their shape and proportions in relation to the ideal type of the “wild type” Java Sparrow. Birds that are exhibiting excessive buff feathering that differs from the sleek plumage of the ideal Java Sparrow should also not be considered for top awards.

An excellent example ...........