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World Sparrow Day: Here are a few facts about the house sparrow, an endangered species

Updated : March 20, 2019 02:56 PM IST

World Sparrow Day is celebrated every year on March 20 to spread awareness on the depleting population of sparrows. Once their chirping used to be no less than a morning alarm for us. Now, they are hard to even spot. According to studies, sparrows are endangered due to the widespread use of pesticides that have resulted in a rapid fall in the population of worms and insects that the birds survive on. Additionally, the problem of deforestation and high rise buildings among others are robbing the sparrows of their nesting places. Here are a few unknown facts about them:

The house sparrow is a very social bird. It is seen during all seasons. (Image: Pixabay)
The house sparrow is a very social bird. It is seen during all seasons. (Image: Pixabay)
House sparrows can be kept as pets. (Image: Pixabay)
House sparrows can be kept as pets. (Image: Pixabay)
They sleep with the bill tucked underneath the scapular feathers. (Image: Pixabay)
They sleep with the bill tucked underneath the scapular feathers. (Image: Pixabay)
They are found in New Zealand, Australia, North America, India and Europe. (Image: Unsplash)
They are found in New Zealand, Australia, North America, India and Europe. (Image: Unsplash)
The sparrows' habitat covers two-third of land masses. (Image: Pixabay)
The sparrows' habitat covers two-third of land masses. (Image: Pixabay)
Sparrows can swim underwater for survival. (Image: Pixabay)
Sparrows can swim underwater for survival. (Image: Pixabay)
The birds build their nests in the eaves and other crevices of houses. Holes in cliffs and banks, or tree hollows, are also used. (Image: Pixabay)
The birds build their nests in the eaves and other crevices of houses. Holes in cliffs and banks, or tree hollows, are also used. (Image: Pixabay)
Over 40 percent adult sparrows die each year and 60 percent of these birds have decreased in clusters. (Image: Pixabay)
Over 40 percent adult sparrows die each year and 60 percent of these birds have decreased in clusters. (Image: Pixabay)
In India, a steady decline in population since 2005 has been seen in metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. (Image: Unsplash)
In India, a steady decline in population since 2005 has been seen in metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. (Image: Unsplash)
The house sparrow is monogamous, and mates for life. (Image: Pixabay)
The house sparrow is monogamous, and mates for life. (Image: Pixabay)
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