Padda is a genus of estrildid finches restricted to islands in southern Indonesia.
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.
- Finches and Sparrows by Clement, Harris and Davis, ISBN 0-7136-8017-2