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An ode to the Java sparrow (my favourite bird)

padda_de_java_alca_3g-2Wild Java sparrow taken in Philippines by Alfredo D Colon Archilla

The time is right to spread the word
Of a bird that you may of have heard
Its history is long and packed with interesting stuff
Now vulnerable on CITIES – are we doing enough
Under threat in its homeland that’s so very far away
Will the Java sparrow live another day?

It colours its lines the way the red beak fits
To me the Java is always the biggest of hits
The soldier like uniform including the grey
Get a group together – what an array!
The black cap paired to the pure white cheek
No matter the angle the Java is so sleek

The Java has learnt to avoid persecution
Rice paddy farmers lead the past destruction
All to protect their families lives and crop production
This bird now adapts to suit its new location
Living in fields, towns, parks with no hesitation

Man has directed its homeland reduction
Population reduction with birds caught for food
Then the centuries old caged bird trade changed the Javas mood
Man simultaneously assisted with a wider expansion
With introduction to other countries the Java was pursued
Bird keepers from afar fell under the Java spell
Demanding birds in their thousands growing the ground swell
Zoos began the protection – here the species does well

The Java sparrow a bird with a hidden history
Look a little deeper and you will witness the mystery
Of a species of bird that has had Waltz named after it
Of a species of bird released at Asian temples as an offering to the gods
Of a species of bird that is trained to perform card tricks on Indian street
Of a species of bird where in 1993 6,000 wild Java’s were set free at a Singaporean wedding

The Java sparrow a bird with a hidden history
Look a little deeper and you will witness the mystery

© Steve Nesbitt 2014