House Sparrow


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Facts About Sparrows

  1. Sparrows are social birds, nesting closely to one another and flying and feeding in small flocks.
  2. They live in nests, nests are located under roofs, bridges, in three hollows etc.
  3. Sparrows can swim to escape from predators, although not a water bird.
  4. Male sparrow has reddish back and black bib, female sparrow has brown back with eyestripe.
  5. Their diet consists of seeds, small invertebrates, crumbs etc.

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The House Sparrow is a widely recognized species wherever it occurs. Its Latin name, Passer domesticus, and its common English name are both reminiscent of their close relationship with humans for a very long time. The darker male with its black bib and the dull female are among the first birds children in cities and villages learn to identify. In the United Kingdom, long-term counts being carried out in several locations by volunteers led to a rather alarming conclusion – the common House Sparrow was declining in numbers. The erstwhile very common bird entered the Red List of UK’s endangered species for the first time in 2002. These results, published in peer-reviewed journals as is required for science, showed that declines were as much as 68% overall and over 90% in urban areas, and the bird disappeared from the famous Kensington Gardens in central London.

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> The diminutive house sparrow (Passer domesticus), whose nests dotted almost every house in the neighbourhood as well as public places like bus bays and railway stations, where they lived in colonies and survived on food grains and tiny worms, is now a disappearing species.

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“House sparrow is disappearing because of many reasons. The main reason being that EFFECT OF CELL PHONE RADIATION ON GAURIYA SPARROWS PASSER DOMESTICUS , its routine habitat is missing from our modern houses,” as well.

We really need to do something for our habitat. Instead of waiting for others or the government to act first, we must start the conservation initiatives in whatever small ways we can do. Even a small proportion of us can make a big difference. The sparrows have been an integral part of our childhood and we must preserve the same for our next generations and for our old days alike.

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