The house sparrow. A small bird. Hope we will not one day say that it is extinct. We don’t see them in most cities and towns of India. What are the reasons? Is it radiation from telecom towers? Is it that we don’t dry grains in the open anymore? Some of the factors cited that are hitting the sparrow population
- Chemical farming
- Use of plastic, glass and chrome for large constructions
- Use of pesticides
- Threats to their habitat and food habits
- Inability to adapt to an urban environment
I used to chase them away from coming inside the house when I was young as it used to come and lay eggs right on top of the energy meter. Today I don’t see them at all with one exception, which is the Bangalore airport. In the Bangalore airport plenty of them are inside; they are more like scavengers, picking the food dropped by passengers and keeping the space clean. What puzzles me, however, is the fact that these little birds withstand the tremendous noise from air traffic in the airport.
Is the existence of this little bird a critical indicator of global warming?