Remember Them ! – World House Sparrow Day

     March 20 – Today is the day to remember one of our small winged companions-The House Sparrows (scientific name : Passer domesticus). The birds which once greeted us in the morning with their chirping have become almost memorial. Until a few years back, these cute birds were very common in almost all parts of the world, seen widely in our courtyards and fields. But now its population has decreased alarmingly, and it is very difficult to find one. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture to share here as I haven’t seen a house sparrow in the recent past. 

And what are the reasons ? . . . It is nothing other than the usual reasons for any species extinction – human activities. Habitat destruction, urbanisation, pollution . . . . . . . . . . And one more – you might know that – the radiation from mobile phone towers, as some studies showed. The radiation makes their eggs unable to hatch. Earlier it was a phenomenon only in cities, but as towers become widespread, these small sparrows were put under serious threat.

     Anyway, house sparrows are not completely swept away, so there is a small hope. Will they be able to recover ? And can we do anything for them ?
     Even if I don’t have the picture of a house sparrow with me, I would like to share the pictures of some other birds I clicked, which are very common. 

Common Myna

Common Myna or Indian Myna ( Scientific name : Acridotheres tristis )
Common Myna or Indian Myna ( Scientific name : Acridotheres tristis )

Common Myna or Indian Myna is a native of Asia. It has a brown color. Top of the head is black and beak and legs are yellow in color. 
Scientific name : Acridotheres tristis
Name in Malayalam : nattumyna (nattumaina)

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret ( Scientific name : Bubulcus ibis )
Cattle Egrets are widely seen in warm and humid areas. It is completely white in color and its beak is yellowish.
Scientific name : Bubulcus ibis
In Malayalam      : kotti

Red Whiskered Bulbul

Red Whiskered Bulbul ( Scientific name : Pycnonotus jocosus )

It is a beautiful and small bird. It’s head is pointed. It has a brown – black colored body, red color on the face and lower part of the tail.
Scientific name : Pycnonotus jocosus
In Malayalam     : irattathalachi

Yellow Browed Bulbul

Yellow Browed Bulbul ( Scientific name : Acritillas indica )

It is found in India and Sri Lanka. It has a yellow colored lower part and a dark yellow colored upper part and head. It’s sound is very loud and beautiful.
Scientific name : Acritillas indica / Iole indica
In Malayalam     : manjachinnan

Purple Rumped Sunbird

Purple Rumped Sunbird - Female (Scientific name : Leptocoma zeylonica )
Purple Rumped Sunbird - Male ( Scientific name : Leptocoma zeylonica )

It is a tiny bird with long curved beaks and tongues. It is for nectar feeding. Female birds have brown upper part and yellow lower part. Male birds have a shiny green color on the head. Commonly seen in India and Sri Lanka.
Scientific name : Leptocoma zeylonica
In Malayalam     : manjathenkili

Blue Rock Pigeon

Blue Rock Pigeon ( Scientific name : Columba livia )

Blue Rock Pigeon ( Scientific name : Columba livia )

Blue Rock Pigeon ( Scientific name : Columba livia )

It is seen in many parts of the world. It is mainly grey in color. Neck has a shiny green, legs and eyes are red. They are very friendly to humans and even live on the roof of old buildings.
Scientific name : Columba livia
In Malayalam     : madapravu or pravu

(All pictures are taken from places near to my house, from Kottayam, Kerala)

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28 thoughts on “Remember Them ! – World House Sparrow Day

  1. i must admit.. you are a brilliant photographer… i just love the way you admire and capture the beauty of nature…. great post

  2. I had no idea we had a World House Sparrow day. But, yes, I get to see the little birds. Maybe, I will take a picture and share sometime 🙂

    Nice pictures of common Indian birds. I didn't know some of these like the Red Whiskered Bulbul and Yellow Browed Bulbul were common species here.

  3. U nas wróbelki fruwają, ale jest ich też coraz mniej. Masz sporo ślicznych innych ptaków. *** Miałam nadzieję, że będziesz do mnie zaglądać, nie tylko ja do Ciebie. Pozdrawiam. *** We sparrows fly, but they are also less and less. You have a lot of other beautiful birds. *** I was hoping that you'll look for me, not just me to you. Yours

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