Birds and urban wildlife at one point in time were seen abundantly. It’s that one bird that we have grown up watching. But, in the recent past how many of you really remember seeing a sparrow? The current scenario is such that there has been 80% decline in the population of sparrows due to many reasons such as habitat destruction, match box shaped buildings, change in lifestyle.
Destruction of habitat, native trees , green spaces which was vital for survival and ecological needs like nesting, feeding, roosting for sparrows and other birds has been destroyed. Due to large scale habitat destruction and alteration cavity nesting birds have lost cavities which were vital for nesting and raising their young ones thus loosing prime site for breeding and roosting..
Modern architecture made up of glass and aluminum composite panels are devoid of natural cavities or suitable habitat for urban birds and wildlife like sparrows. In such a scenario it is difficult for sparrows and other cavity nesting birds to find suitable habitat.
Change in lifestyle is one of the major reasons that has led to decline in the sparrow population. In the earlier days our grandmothers and mothers would sit in the verandah and clean the grains. In this process the left-overs were eating by the birds thereby providing a source of food for them. But in the current lifestyle no more such practices are followed.
Exotic plantations has gained a lot of importance in the recent past. Exotic plants do not attract birds and other insects.
Cavity Nesting birds are those birds who live in cavities such as tree hollows or crevices of old buildings. They build their nest, lay eggs and raise their little ones inside them. The size, shape and placement of cavities vary depending on the size of the birds.
Eg of cavity nesting birds: Sparrow, Parakeets, Mynahs, Owls and Tits.
Adopt Nest Boxes and Bird Feeders
The main aim when we ask you to adopt a bird feeder or a nest box is to help conserve the birds. Now you may think that how by adopting these products sparrows can be conserved right? So here is the answer.