Someone wondered where Chester Zoo obtained their Timor Sparrows from, so I did some research and unfortunately came up with nothing. There are private breeders in the UK who are breeding this species, the Java Sparrow Society's members hold a total of 59 birds between them, though this population is fast approaching the upper age limit for breeding. I have been in touch with the society and it is thought the Timor Sparrows may have come from Belgium, which may be case since Antwerp Zoo sent several birds to Chester last Autumn. The Java Sparrow Society were unaware of Chester's birds. If the group at Chester are un-related to the birds kept privately it would make a wonderful opportunity to increase the gene-pool. We can only hope the birds at Chester will soon breed.