Don’t let chirping stop! Bird shelters can save sparrows

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 21, 2016 01:47 IST
Schoolchildren release a 30-ft sparrow shaped balloon at Dharavi on Sunday.

Bird lovers and environmentalists across the city marked World Sparrow Day on Sunday by doing their bit to stop the decline in the number of sparrows.

A number of bird shelters and feeders were set up to provide habitats for the sparrows at different locations in Mumbai while the conservation efforts carried out by individuals across the country was recognised at an awards function at the Maharashtra Nature Park on Sunday evening.

Mohammed Dilawar, founder and president, Nature Forever Society (NFS), who initiated the World Sparrow Day, said, “The main reason for the fall in sparrow numbers is the loss of their habitat especially in urban areas. A detailed study needs to be carried out wherein sparrow numbers from at least 2000 locations in metropolitan cities needs to be counted on annual basis to estimate their exact number. Only then can we identify locations where conservation efforts are required.”

According to Nature Forever Society (NFS), a study by the common bird monitoring for India (CBMI) revealed that there is a 30% rise in crow population and 25% rise in pigeon population between March 2013 and March 2015 across the country. The sparrow population rose by 20%, mostly in rural areas, during the period.

“For sparrows, the nesting area or their habitat is of prime importance as common birds such as pigeons or crows adapt to the urban spaces easily,” said Dilawar.

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