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.

Monday, 26 March 2018

World Sparrow Day: Once a Common Bird is Now a Rare Sight

Published: March 20, 2018 8:16 AM IST

New Delhi, Mar 20: Nowadays we hardly see a small brown bird flitting toward the edge of your window sill, chirping about in absolute mirth? In past few years, this bird has been on the decline over very much of its natural range, both in urban and rural habitats.

And in a bid to preserve these merry little birds, March 20 is observed as the World Sparrow Day. If we do not do our bit to save sparrows, chances are that our future generations will have to see these otherwise commonly found birds only in picture books or maybe in some wildlife sanctuary.

Experts blame reduction in urban nesting spaces has resulted in disappearance of this brown bird. Tall building has led to cut down of trees and greenery where the sparrows can nest. The sudden drop in number of birds also reflects the changing architecture and lifestyle. Earlier, houses used to be open and there were places for sparrow nests.

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