Published On: Fri, May 24th, 2013

Gone is the music of chirping sparrows

Gurgaon: It is a hat trick of celebrations to mark every year on March 20 as World Sparrow Day in India. Beyond that nothing concrete has being done to save this chirping birds from hurtling towards extinction.

A decade back, in 2002, it was declared a threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in its Red Data Book

A decade back, in 2002, it was declared a threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in its Red Data Book

A decade back, in 2002, it was declared a threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in its Red Data Book. Taking note of this development, a British News Daily, The Independent came up with an offer of 5000 pounds for a proper scientific explanation of the widespread disappearance of sparrows from our surroundings.

This was followed by a series of explanations in which the decline in population of this bird was attributed to fewer nesting places owing to widespread urbanization, mobile phone radiation and decline in insect numbers. But still it remains one of the great environmental mystery.

In a scientific report published in 2008, it was suggested that sparrow chicks were dying of starvation in their nests owing to unavailability of suitable insects as food. This includes aphids, grubs and larvae.

On the other hand another report suggested that increased predation on sparrows by cats and sparrow hawks, the number of this species has fast declined.

Apart from it yet another research has pointed out that presence of anti knocking agent like lead in petrol is known to cause deadly poisoning in birds.

Of late it has been noticed that the space occupied by sparrows is slowly being occupied by doves and pigeons whose number has witness a gradual increase.

Ornithologists who consider sparrows as indicator of environmental health, are of the view that to arrest the fast erosion of sparrow population, urgent steps need to be taken at the earliest.

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