Sparrows slowly disappearing from Kerala
Alappuzha: Sparrows, one of the flying species spotted in Kerala, is disappearing day-by-day from the state. They are flying away from Keralites who forgot the love of nature.
Alappuzha, where the population of sparrows are high, has only eight sparrows now. At the same time, the number of sparrows are increasing in Tamil Nadu. Tamilian’s love for sparrows has risen through developments which evolved in the state. Tamil traders set nest, grains and water for the sparrows to settle there. Mannar Harikumar, a bird watcher, came to this conclusion after finding that sparrows were widely found at Konni in Kerala where Tamil traders are centred.
Changes in the structure of buildings, scarcity of food, pollution and the arrival of mobile towers are the reasons for the decline in the number of sparrows. Thatched house and houses roofed with tiles have space for the bird to set nests. This no longer is possible with the arrival of concrete buildings. The time when grains fallen from sacks is also gone with the arrival of packet rice.
Out of eight sparrows at Edathua in Alappuzha, six are female. Among the two male birds, one is old and the other is very young.