That is all really interesting! I told you I didn't know anything about birds (although I love the outdoor birds of the PNW and try to keep food and water out for them). I looked up the Java Sparrow, it's just gorgeous. Actually, it reminds me of a miniature puffin only more ornate. I hope you can get one!!!
Of course, after reading your comment about Polynesians I spent the next 10 minutes looking at the Maori rugby team's hakas.