House sparrows’ missing chirps a cause for concern: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Charanjit Singh Teja

Amritsar, March 20

The melodious chirps of house sparrows slowly fade away. Not only in urban areas, villages are also deprived of their visits.

On World Sparrow Day, locals talked about the social and generous bird, with whose chirps they got up every day.

World Sparrow Day is an initiative of the Nature Forever Society, a non-governmental organization (NGO) led by internationally renowned conservationist Mohammed Dilawar.

Although it’s widely assumed that increased radiation from mobile towers is responsible for house sparrows’ demise, experts say the destruction of their habitats has led to their decline. Radiation from mobile phones affects, but the main cause of the disappearance of sparrows is a change in the human way of life and the architecture of our homes.

“I saw hundreds of sparrows in a vacant lot near the locality of New Amritsar. There are beri trees, which provide shelter for sparrows for nesting and large birds and animals. Previously, the house sparrow lived in mud houses. There were several nesting options. Due to urbanization and development in rural areas, the architecture of our houses has now changed, which has affected their survival because it is not theirs. favorable. Now the roofs and sheds have been cemented in the villages and there is little space left for the sparrows to nest. In addition, the use of insecticides in the fields has led to a reduction in a number of insects and makes it difficult for sparrows to survive,” said Dr. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, an agriculture expert.

According to the survey conducted by the Punjab Agricultural University, experts in 250 villages in the state, based on the percentage of the abundance of sparrows compared to other species in five agro-climatic zones, a drastic drop has been recorded. In the 1970s, sparrows were considered “pests” because their percentage was over 60% and considered harmful to crops in some areas. This percentage has dropped significantly over the past decade and a half.

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