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' Padda ' is a genus of estrildid finches restricted to islands in southern Indonesia.

These are small, plump, gregarious passerine birds. They frequent open grassland and cultivation and feed mainly on grain and other seeds, including rice.

Both species have white-cheeked black heads and thick bills. The sexes are similar, but immature birds have brown upperparts and paler brown underparts and cheeks.

The call of both species is a chip, and the song is a raid series of call notes chipchipchipchipchipchip.

The species are

  • Java sparrow, or Java finch Padda oryzivora
  • Timor dusky sparrow, Padda fuscata

Java sparrow is a popular cagebird, and has been introduced in a large number of other countries. Both Padda species are threatened by trapping for the cage bird trade. Many taxonomists now place this genus in Lonchura with the mannikins and munias.

Usage examples of "padda".

They were a deeply religious people whose recent ancestors fled the planet Padda because they believed their souls were being smothered in luxury.

The elders told stories of the first Azueleans coming from Padda and young couples hid in the corners to kiss.

How many Azueleans would return to Padda, to the lives their ancestors had given up so long before in hope of better ones?

Unlike the bazaar-like atmosphere of Telfa Base, the mood of Padda was sophisticated and aloof.

I laughed, thinking of the earnest hotel employee on Padda that earned her wages for the year.

Elora was always so good and always did what Mamma and Padda told her.

Prince Harald Coast, the Shirase Glacier as an estuary on Prince Harald Coast, Padda Island in Lutzow-Holm Bay, and the Prince Olaf Coast in Enderby Land.