Sparrows are tiny magnificent birds having smooth, rounded heads and wings. They are known for soulful chirping, and their harmonious singing is praised by one and all. A specific day has been devoted to these majestic creatures known as the World Sparrow Day and is celebrated on the 20th of March worldwide.
A few years ago, house sparrows were readily spotted in the gardens, backyards, and other green spots in our houses. But as per WWF-India, in the last two decades, the sparrow population is continuously declining in nearly every city.
The first World Sparrow Day was celebrated on 20th March 2010, and since then, this annual initiative is celebrated all over the globe. The credit for beginning this international initiative goes to Indian conservationist Mohammed Dilawar’s Nature Forever Society, the Eco-Sys Action Foundation of France, along with several other national and international associations all around the world.
‘I Love Sparrows’ is the theme for World Sparrow Day 2021 and is incited with the belief that more and more people will commemorate the bond between humans and sparrows as mankind is known to have dwelled in unanimity with these tiny wonderful creatures for nearly 10,000 years.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Sparrows:
- The Passer Domesticus, commonly known as house sparrow is a bird of the sparrow species Passeridae.
- House sparrows fly direct with continued flapping and never glide. Their average speed is 45 kilometres per hour and approximately 15 wingbeats per second.
- Female sparrows have brown backs with stripes, whereas male sparrows are distinguished by red-coloured backs having black bibs. Moreover, a female sparrow is slightly smaller than a male sparrow.
- Sparrows are not territorial birds; they are protective and make their nests.
- Sparrows live in colonies termed flocks.
- Male sparrows build nests to lure their female equivalents.
- On sensing danger, sparrows can swim at a swift pace.
- House sparrows can dwell in rural or urban surroundings as they are well connected with civilized habitations.
- The average lifespan of the wild sparrow is about 4 to 5 years and under 10 years.
- Sparrows are not seen in deserts, forests, meadows, or woodlands. They are usually spotted in extensively diverse climates and habitats.
This World Sparrow Day, you can do your bit for these little lovelies by making nests for them, making proper arrangements for water during the summer season, or by installing bird feeders in gardens, backyards, or any other open space in order to protect and preserve the adorable bird.
Have a happy World Sparrow Day folks!