As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 28 March 2018

The great Indian bird: Agra's conservation efforts pay off as sparrow population rebounds

Siraj Qureshi

There was a time when the sparrow's chirps were the first sound anyone heard waking up in the morning in Indian households. Whether villages or the urban cities, the sparrow was omnipresent, with their nests jammed in any nook and cranny of the house they could find.

But over the past decade, the number of sparrows in the cities has been dwindling to an extent that sparrow sightings have become rare events in the cities these days. However, the villages are still faring much better in this respect, with sparrows still nesting in huge numbers in the region around the Chambal river which passes through UP, MP, and Rajasthan.

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