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The House Sparrow—The Endangered Bird

Chitrangada cares for Nature and it's inhabitants. She wants to create awareness, among the people for environment care and reforestation.

House Sparrows in my balcony is lovely sight.

House Sparrows in my balcony is lovely sight.

Do you see as many Sparrows, as earlier.

One of the most common birds, which we can see around us, especially in urban areas, is the sparrow or the house sparrow or the citizen sparrow.
They can be spotted close to human habitation, near houses, apartments, garden, parks etc. They feed on regular grains, seeds, etc. They also make their nests on concrete surfaces of houses, buildings etc. In many cultures, they are considered auspicious and a symbol of good luck.
Many of us have grown up seeing them, first thing in the morning.
But, we don't get to see, as many Sparrows these days, as earlier, especially around high rise buildings in metro cities, or the cities with too much urbanisation.
Let’s look back, how the number of the house sparrows is declining.

Some 40 years earlier:

When I was a little girl, I remember, we woke up in the morning, with the sweet chirping sound, of this charming, and active bird.

So many of them, sat in a row, in the garden, over the roof tops, in the backyard. Almost everywhere, their presence energized the whole atmosphere.

It‘s difficult to say, who was more delighted to see the other--Me, or the Sparrows.

We used to watch them, feed their cute little ones, inside their nest. The mother sparrow would bring some food in her beak to the nest, and all the 3-4 little ones would start shouting--- Cheee-Cheee-Chee; from inside their nest, showing off their tender pink beaks and head. They seemed all eager, to have the food, from the mother sparrow, at the same time. It was such a refreshing and lovely sight,

This was our favourite pass time, as there were no T.V. or Internet, and we were not so much overburdened, or stressed, like today's children.

Just study, play around and be happy--Such a simple life!

Some 25 years earlier:

Even when my kids were younger, these beautiful birds were regular visitors, in my balcony. I have such pleasant memories, of a number of Sparrows, on my balcony wall, some two decades ago.

My kids used to love the sight. They would feed them with rice grains, or other grains, and pulses. And the sight of the grains disappearing within minutes, was so pleasing to my kids.

But the nests were not much visible around, and the numbers of the sparrows also was decreasing.

Sparrows on my terrace!

Sparrows on my terrace!

The House Sparrows: The Situation Now.

Sad but true—These lovely Sparrows are the endangered one.

Some of the possible reasons, which come to my mind for this, can be listed as follows:---

  • Not much greenery, whether small or big plants and trees, around our homes.
  • Our homes, during our childhood, were surrounded with many fruit trees, such as the guava and the grape plants.
  • Such trees attract birds, as their abode, and they make their nest, on them.
  • Nowadays, these fruit plants are rarely found, around the residential areas.
  • Many flowering plants, like the Jasmine, lily, Rose, Marigold, and so many of them, were planted in big homes.
  • That was enough to keep the air, pollution free and the birds happy, and they used to keep coming in.
  • Due to the urbanisatio, and the heavy doze of technology, this kind of vegetation can be found, in the society parks only, not at the individual residences, which have turned into apartments.
  • Another very important reason, seems to be, the excessive use of the mobile phones. I don't know how, but they are responsible for the decreasing number of this charming bird.
  • According to the environmental expert, this may be because of the electromagnetic radaition, emitted from the mobile towers.
Save the citizen sparrow campaign at IITF Delhi pavilion.

Save the citizen sparrow campaign at IITF Delhi pavilion.

Tell me not of joy: there's none Now my little sparrow's gone; He, just as you, Would toy and woo, He would chirp and flatter me, He would hang the wing awhile, Till at length he saw me smile, Lord! how sullen he would be!

~~~William Cartwright

Plant more fruit trees in your area!

Plant more fruit trees in your area!

Avoid cutting trees

Avoid cutting trees

What Can Be Done To Protect The Sparrows?

Environmentalists, all over the World, are doing a lot of research, to find out the reasons, for the decreasing number of the House Sparrows, and also suggesting ways, which you and me can follow.

  • Attract the bird, by means of enough vegetation, in your area.
  • Plant more, especially flowering plants. Fragrance and colours of the flowers attracts, not only birds, but bees, butterflies and other creatures.
  • All such creatures are important and a part of our ecosystem.
  • Keep wooden boxes on the tree branches, and on your terrace, so that they are able to make their nest.
  • Even if you have a little space, you can grow some plants in your balcony or terrace. It’s beneficial for your own health and the environment, as well.
  • Spread some grains on your balcony wall, or the open spaces, and also keep some water, in a small container, suitable for their small beaks.
  • Create awareness among the people, especially the younger generation.
  • Buildings, apartments, skyscrapers everywhere; let’s create some green space, for the birds.
  • Avoid cutting of the trees, unless necessary.

House Sparrow, source: You tube

Happy is the person who not only sings, but feels God's eye is on the sparrow, and knows He watches over me. To be simply ensconced in God is true joy.

~~~Alfred A. Montaper

To Conclude:

One fact is very easy to understand even by common the people like us—

  • All the birds, including the Sparrows, are susceptible to the effects of the ever increasing pollution levels, in the air and the water.
  • Human beings may get sick, or develop diseases, because of the pollution, but the birds are more vulnerable, and sadly they seem to be dying, because of this.
  • The World Sparrow day is observed annually, on March 20. Various measures are adopted to protect this endangered species.
  • Let us take a pledge, to do something, for this endangered bird, and create awareness among others as well, so that we have more and more pleasant and welcome visits, by this charming and active bird--The House Sparrow!


Further Suggested Readings:

1.https://www.wwfindia.org/about_wwf/priority_species/threatened_species/house_sparrow/

2. https://india.mongabay.com/2020/02/saving-sparrows-in-cities-one-nest-at-a-time/
3. https://scroll.in/magazine/876586/the-sparrow-is-dying-out-in-indian-cities-this-is-how-you-can-help-save-it-from-your-terrace


Most endangered birds, source: You tube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 23, 2020:

Thank you Peggy, for sharing your thoughts.

Things are definitely much better, from the time I had published this article, some 5 years ago. All due to the combined efforts of the people and the government.

The place where I live now, has particularly lot of greenery around and attracts many unique birds, besides the house sparrow.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 23, 2020:

In our area of Houston, we have many sparrows. In fact, they regularly use our birdhouse in which to lay their eggs and bear their young.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 21, 2020:

Thank you Sp Greaney, for reading the article and sharing your thoughts.

I feel good to tell you, that things have improved a lot, by the consistent efforts of the people and the government.

It’s so pleasing to be greeted by the chitter chatter of the birds early in the morning.

Thank you for commenting.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 20, 2020:

I hope that they don't end up becoming extinct. I think more green spaces and trees are required to keep these guys around. Its always nice to see wild birds visit your garden.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2017:

Thank you Lyn for your kind visit and comments!

I appreciate your concern about these wonderful birds that must be saved from extinction. The problem is more predominant in urban areas compared to rural areas. Although the administration is taking proper care, much to our satisfaction, everyone has a role to play. And there is a need to spread awareness.

Hope your efforts bring success. Thanks for the positive feedback!

Lyn from England on March 19, 2017:

Interesting that I have noticed the exact same decline in the UK. I am fortunate to live in a rural spot and even so, we did not have sparrows here, then last year, I spotted one n the bird table, turns out we have a pair. I have been feeding them all winter and hope to see them breed. I'll update you if they do.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 18, 2016:

Thank you Rajan Ji, for your encouraging words!

I appreciate your concern for these lovely sparrows which have reduced in numbers to a great extent especially in big cities.

A lot is being done by the general people , environmentalists and the government . It is heartening to see the positive results especially in community parks. Nowadays I can spot sparrows when I go for walks.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 18, 2016:

So glad you brought up this topic. Since some years now the sparrows are hardly seen and the most likely cause is said to the increase in electro magnetic radiation with the increase in mobile towers.

Not long ago we would be awakened with their morning chirping, as you rightly mention. It is a pity these lovely birds are almost gone now.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 04, 2016:

Thank you How to-Answers, for reading and commenting on this hub!

Most of us live in Metro cities with plenty of technology around. It is in the city areas where these lovely birds are reducing. Recently I had visited some countryside and we were delighted to see so many sparrows with their lovely sound on trees .

Thank God they are there elsewhere.

Appreciate your comments and your kind visit to this hub!

L M Reid from Ireland on January 01, 2016:

I always appreciate the birds that visit my garden these days. Because up until 4 years ago I too lived in built up areas where a sighting of any birds was very rare.

They are beautiful creatures and it is wonderful to see plenty of them in my garden winter and summer. I agree with you ChitrangadaSharan we as the human species should be more aware of our wonderful birds.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 17, 2015:

Thank you Mary, for reading and commenting on this hub!

I agree with you that birds add charm and energy in our lives. Life with less birds around would be so dull. Therefore we must take steps so that they are safe.

Thank you and enjoy your holidays!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 16, 2015:

I love birds and their songs wake me up each morning. We are on holiday now and even where we are, birds seem to follow us. I will definitely be sad when they leave.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 01, 2015:

Thank you Linda, for your lovely comments!

I agree nothing can be more beautiful than the sight and sound of active birds chirping in the gentle morning Sun. I also feed these lovely creatures in the morning and as you said Squirrels are super fast. It is a lovely sight.

Thank you and have a good day!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 30, 2015:

I love waking up each morning and hearing birds chirping, it is one of my favorite sounds, so peaceful. I have noticed many sparrows and they are beauties. I attempted to place bird seed outdoors for them, but the squirrels always beat the birds to the food.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 03, 2015:

Thanks Nithya , for reading and commenting!

And I am happy you like the message of this hub. We all must do our little bit for the environment.

Thank you!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 31, 2015:

Sparrows are great birds and must be saved. The air pollution does affect birds the most. Great hub, we should definitely do our bit to control pollution.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 30, 2015:

Thank you Devika, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad you liked the hub. Its great to see you after a long time. Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 30, 2015:

Thank you Michelle, for reading and commenting! Nice to see you after a long time.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 29, 2015:

Wow! Incredible! I like birds and sparrows too are so special. You certainly got me reading all the way. A wonderful way to the start of any day.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on July 29, 2015:

Chitra, it is a beautiful thing to witness first thing in the morning!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 20, 2015:

Thank you emge, for your kind visit and comments!

So sorry to know that these lovely birds are getting scarce in your area. We can spread awareness so that we all do our bit to save them from disappearing altogether.

Thanks for commenting!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 20, 2015:

Thank you heidithorne, for reading and appreciating this hub!

Due to Urbanization and large scale use of technology, these house sparrows are reducing in numbers in metro cities.

They can still be found in areas where there is large scale vegetation, in agricultural fields etc.

Thanks for sharing your views on this subject.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 20, 2015:

Thank you Kevin, for reading and commenting on this hub and sharing your thoughts.

Yes in the urban areas these sparrows have become scarce. But they can be seen in rural areas, farms, fields, orchards etc.

Thanks for sharing your views on this subject!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 20, 2015:

Thank you Minnetonka Twin, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad you liked the subject of this hub and many thanks for your votes!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 19, 2015:

I love sparrows, but now they are so rare and I hardly see them in UAE. Lovely post and voted up

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on July 18, 2015:

We have many of them here where I am. We still have quite a population of sparrows, robins, cardinals and other birds. Luckily, there are still many nature areas around where I live which help them survive. Thank you for championing this common, but delightful, creature!

The Examiner-1 on July 18, 2015:

This is what you see, (or do not see), in India? I am sorry for you for they are cute to watch. I live in US state and I see them, and other birds, nearly every day. The House Sparrow here has adapted to living in the suburbs: e.g. up on skyscrapers and such.

They will eat just about anything that they can. In my yard when it does not rain for several days they - and other birds - will take their drinks and baths in a pie dish. I used that for a squirrel baffle but the feeder fell down.

It is too bad that you do not see as many anymore.

Kevin

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on July 18, 2015:

Now that I think about, we have less sparrows here in Minnesota too. So glad you had a sighting to fill your soul. Voted up and hit many buttons.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 15, 2015:

Thank you Audrey Howitt, for stopping by and sharing your views!

Glad you liked it.

Audrey Howitt from California on July 14, 2015:

There do seem to be fewer sparrows here as well--great hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 13, 2015:

Thank you thumbi7, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad to note that you can see these beautiful birds in your area.

Thanks for voting up, sharing and following me!

JR Krishna from India on July 12, 2015:

We see sparrows here very often in front of our department store. They will be pecking on rice grains fallen infront of the store while transporting

Great hub

Voted up and shared

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2015:

Thank you bluebird, for your insightful and beautiful comment!

I agree with you that even humans are endangered now. Read air pollution, water pollution and other factors affecting the environment.

Life has definitely changed a lot in the last few decades.

Thank you for stopping by and sharing your views!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2015:

Thank you Nell, for appreciating this hub!

I am glad you liked the message. The more awareness we are able to spread, the better. All birds are beautiful creatures and they are all part of this Planet for a reason. So we must try to conserve all of them.

Thank you!

bluebird on July 09, 2015:

Good hub, sparrows, bluebirds, robins, hummingbirds, whatever...I like 'em all, they are fun to watch and feed.

I liked your highlighted quotes.

It looks to me like we're all on the endangered list, not just the birds, but they are more susceptible than us humans.

Life is different now. We must always look up to the one who made the birds, as He takes care of us, his little birds!

Nell Rose from England on July 09, 2015:

Hi, I love all birds but sparrows are special aren't they? I never realised how endangered they are, this was fascinating and poignant too, nell

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 07, 2015:

Thank you peachpurple, for stopping by!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 07, 2015:

i love the sparrows chirping

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 30, 2015:

Thank you travmaj, for your kind visit and I appreciate your concern for this charming bird. It is sad but true that this beautiful bird is reducing in numbers at many places of the World. Many factors are responsible for this. And we must do our little bit to save them in addition to what our Governments are doing.

Appreciate your comments and lets all spread the awareness. Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 30, 2015:

Thanks florypaula, for reading and commenting on this hub!

Every living creature that God has created has some role in the environment. We must try to conserve all of them.

Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 30, 2015:

Thank you MarleneB, for reading and commenting on this hub!

Yes we all must do our little bit to save this beautiful endangered bird.

Thank you!

travmaj from australia on June 30, 2015:

This is so sad - I love house sparrows. I grew up in England and they were

just a part of our life. I rarely see them here in my garden in Australia (parrots galore and other charmers) However, we walk most days down by a lake and the sparrows are there waiting for the crumbs left over from the people feeding ducks. They are delightful little birds and I love watching them amidst all the water birds. . I'm sorry to hear they are becoming endangered, I shall be on the look out more often now and must check around the area. Lovely poetry here and thank you for alerting us -

Paula on June 30, 2015:

Lovely birds. I have a couple of doves in the tree in front of my apartment building window and they even have an egg. I can't wait to see the baby dove :)

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 29, 2015:

Sparrows are beautiful birds, indeed. It is good to know that we can do our part to help encourage their existence.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 29, 2015:

You are right Deb Hirt! And who better can understand these birds than you. Each time we loose a species, we are drawing closer to a terrible state of affairs as far as environment is concerned.

Thank you for your valuable comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 29, 2015:

Thank you word55, for your lovely description of these charming birds in your area. I can visualize the beautiful site.

Appreciate your kind visit and comments. Thanks and have a good day!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 28, 2015:

Urban development will eventually remove birds from areas that they heavily populated. Trees are a necessity to our lives, too, as they produce oxygen through photosynthesis. When urban birds like the House Sparrow, the Red-tailed Hawk, and the Peregrine Falcon disappear, we are in a serious state of affairs.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 27, 2015:

Hi chitrangadasharan, the lovely sparrow sounds off in my yard about 3 am in the mornings. I love their chirping. They like to wiggle in my grass when it is being watered. Then they move on up the street as daylight approaches. Thanks for sharing your appreciation of these lovely birds.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 26, 2015:

Thank you MsDora, for your appreciative comments!

I am glad you liked the message. Thanks and have a nice day!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 26, 2015:

Beautiful presentation ending with a very meaningful plea to help prevent extinction of the lovely sparrows. We have to pay attention. Thanks for the reminder.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 26, 2015:

Thank you AliciaC, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad you liked this hub. From the poll questions so far, it seems, this reducing number of House Sparrows is a major issue not only here, but at many places in the World.

Excessive use of technology may be one of the causes.

Thanks again!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 26, 2015:

Thank you MizBejabbers, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad you liked the subject of this hub.

Every living creature has some important role in maintaining the balance of Nature. I am sure the Sparrows too have a significant role. Its a pity that they are disappearing from many parts of the World.

Thank you so much for your positive feedback!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 26, 2015:

Thank you manatita44, for reading and commenting on this hub!

You are right they are fun loving and energetic birds. Their quick reflexes energizes those who are watching them. I still remember waking up to the lovely chirping sound of these charming birds in my childhood days.

Glad you liked this hub! Many thanks and have a great day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 26, 2015:

Thank you, Beta Kasturi!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 25, 2015:

I think that house sparrows are lovely birds. Thanks for sharing the tips for attracting them. I wish you were able to see more of them.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 25, 2015:

This is sad, but you're right. Sparrows aren't everywhere like they used to be. Where I come from, sparrows were not a very valued bird, partly because they were considered a nuisance bird that nested in the eaves and fascia of homes, and partly because they weren't a bird of beauty like the Robin or the Cardinal. Thank you for pointing this out.

manatita44 from london on June 25, 2015:

Nice article, Chitrangada. I don't see them now, perhaps you are right, and the electronics are chasing them away.

I thought that they were very simple fun-loving birds, and I remember them that way. Thank you for writing this Hub. Much Love.

Kasturi on June 25, 2015:

Love mother nature and it loves you back! Nice. One

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

Thank you Siva222, for your kind visit and valuable comments!

You are right that mobile towers are the prime reason for the lovely Sparrows getting extinct. Even I have come to know about this through different research studies on the Internet.

Its heartening to know that the Ministry of Forest and Environment, Govt. of India is taking adequate measures to spread awareness among people. Each one of us must also take steps to conserve these charming Sparrows and bring them back to our cities.

Thank you for your thoughtful comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

Thank you Jodah, for reading and commenting on this hub!

Its sad to learn that there are not enough Sparrows in your area.

We all need to spread awareness in this regard and do our little bit to rehabilitate these lovely creatures and other endangered species.

Glad you liked this hub and thanks for voting up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

Thank you Faith Reaper, for your kind visit and comments!

Its good to know that you have lot of Sparrows and other birds in your area. Here in India also these lovely birds are very much there in areas where there is agricultural land, fruit orchards etc. But in highly urbanized areas, highly technological advanced areas these birds are reducing in numbers. Because Urbanization adversely affects environment.

Although New Delhi has lot of vegetation but I have heard that radiation emitted from mobile towers damages these lovely birds.

We all have to do our bit to save the lovely creatures on this planet and the environment.

Many thanks for voting up and sharing it on G+.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

Thank you poetryman6969, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad you liked the hub. Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

Thank you Venkatachari ji, for reading and appreciating this hub!

Hyderabad is also technologically very advanced and Urbanized city. As such the situation there may not be different from other big cities of India. Its relieving to learn that Govt, of India is taking adequate steps to protect this endangered bird.

Thank you so much for your valuable comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

Thank you denise.w.anderson, for reading and commenting on this hub!

I am glad to learn that you have many Sparrows in your area. Here also they are found in agricultural land area or the areas where there are plenty of vegetation. But they have become scarce in highly Urbanized cities.

Thank you for your positive feedback!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

,Thank you Akriti Mattu, for reading and commenting on this hub!

Thank God , you still get to feed these lovely birds. Because you are living in beautiful Natural surroundings. I hope everyone's efforts bring back these cute and charming birds to the Metro cities as well.

Thank you so much for reassuring that the Sparrows are there in your beautiful hills, Shimla.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

Thank you Harishprasad ji, for your beautiful comments!

What a nice description of your seeing these cute creatures! It sounded like poetry to me.

Yes, you are right, all Metro and Mega cities are loosing a bit of Nature and its wonderful creations everyday. Cutting of trees to build big buildings and apartments, enormous use of technology, Urbanization and so many other factors are responsible for reducing numbers of this charming bird.

Thank you so much for your comments and continued support!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

Thank you Buildreps, for your kind visit and comments!

Its sad to learn that Netherlands is also facing scarcity of this common bird. Good to learn that your Government has taken up initiatives to protect this endangered species of house Sparrow. Same in India--Awareness and rehabilitation programs are being carried out by the Government, but without active participation by the people , it would not be fruitful.

Glad you found the hub useful and important. Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

Thank you Mary Hyatt, for reading and commenting !

Its so sad that the number of Sparrows is decreasing in your area as well. I have sweet memories of the time, when they came in large numbers few years back. Cutting of trees, heavy doze of technology and what not, so many factors are responsible.

Thanks for voting up and sharing!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

Thank you chef-de-jour, for your valuable comments!

You have rightly pointed out the need to do our bit locally to save the endangered birds and other beautiful creatures. Every one has to be aware and responsible.

The Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India has taken up the matter of House Sparrow and other species seriously and they are doing their work . But people also must do their part.

It is nice to learn that you have plenty of Sparrows in your area. Hope they are back here as well. And I would be too glad to welcome the Sparrows sent on a holiday by you. I think they would enjoy their time here.

Thank you for your wonderful suggestions!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 25, 2015:

Thank you billybuc, for reading and commenting on this hub!

So good to learn that you have plenty of Sparrows in your surroundings.

Yes, as I mentioned in the hub, rapid urbanization, mobile towers etc. are responsible for decreasing number of this cute bird.

Such is not the case in rural and agricultural parts of India. But Mega and Metro cities are loosing the opportunity to enjoy the company of this bird.

Thank you so much for your comments!

Chandrashekhar Siva from Chennai on June 25, 2015:

There was a time ( in my childhood days) when sparrows used to come in dozens in my area. Now I can hardly see them. Reason.. again us.. it is said that the sparrows are getting extinct because of the high frequency waves transmitted by the towers. Forgive me if I have not written the exact scientific words. But the mobile phones are the reasons for these wonderful birds being extinct. One more species being sacrificed for our selfish needs.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 24, 2015:

I remember often sitting and watching sparrows in our garden, we used to feed them as children. I had not even given their absense a thought until your hub Chitrangada unfortunately. I cannot remember the last time I even saw one of the charming little birds. This is of great concern. Thank you for bringing awareness. Voted up.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 24, 2015:

I am happy for your guests! We have so many trees here, there are sparrows and all other types of birds all around. I can't imagine not seeing them everywhere and hearing their sweet songs. I am glad they were there when you were younger.

It is a sad thing for concrete to replace vegetation and the life it brings. That is sad to me. We need trees and such to purify the air and to sustain life, such as the birds.

Important hub here and the insight you have shared.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

God bless you

I love your quotes too

poetryman6969 on June 24, 2015:

I am not much of a birder but your hub was a pleasant diversion.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 24, 2015:

Very interesting topic. You have beautifully put forth all the points in support of protecting these house sparrows. I also used to enjoy these birds in my childhood. But now, they appear very rarely here. We have the pigeons now in place of these little birds and I enjoy watching them sitting on electric cables in rows and flying all over in competitions with other birds.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on June 24, 2015:

We live on the edge of ravine with a lot of vegetation. We also have a number of trees in our yard, and we frequently see sparrows and other birds nesting in the trees. They are beautiful to see, and even more enjoyable to hear in the early morning!

Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on June 24, 2015:

You know from the past decade or so i feed white rice and water to sparrows. Being in the hills , i still get to see them .They're fast disappearing in the cities and need to be conserved. Well written. Voted up :)

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on June 24, 2015:

Sparrows are such sweet birds ! Like you, my friend, most of the happy moments of my life are just watching these lovely creatures. I so miss them now ! One day, I was contemplating on their unfortunate disappearance from New Delhi, our city. I so badly missed them that day and prayed God for just a glimpse of them for a moment. The next day, I saw one in a tree when strolling in a park. It flew away in a moment. After a couple of days, I saw a pair on the rooftop of our flat. Believe me, my heart, mind and soul all delighted to see these tiny awesome birds ! After that, I'm still waiting for them. A lovely hub and voted up with all my heart. Thanks for sharing it.

Buildreps from Europe on June 24, 2015:

Here in the Netherlands this bird became very rare as well. This bird is listed on the so called 'red list', which means that it is protected in many ways. There are stimulation programs from the government to bring the number of sparrows up. Great issue, and very important!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 24, 2015:

I don't see as many sparrows where I live as I used to, either. They are truly a beautiful little bird. I never knew that about cell phones!

Very interesting article.

Voted UP, etc.

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on June 24, 2015:

Here in the UK many urban birds are under pressure due to our ever intensive modern lives. As you rightly point out in your article Chitrangada there is no one thing responsible - pressure is from all of life unfortunately.

I guess we just have to do our bit locally, that is the secret. Trends in gardening and landscaping are turning many once wild green areas into tarmac and stone plus dainty flowers - it looks ok but it doesn't provide food for small birds. Take away one small area locally and multiply it by 1000 and things start to add up!

We live in a rented old stone cottage and have lots of sparrows, loads. I wish I could send them over to you for a holiday.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 24, 2015:

How sad that you don't see them often, and how wonderful that you did this time. My goodness, they are everywhere here, a very common part of everyday life. I'm so sorry to hear they are missing there.

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