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House Sparrow (pair)

Passer domesticus


The first photo shows the male. Males are boldly coloured with a slate-y head and black bib. A cheerful, chirpy bird. The second photo is that of the female. The plumage is more muted but the line above the eye is more pronounced.


My rooftop terrace where I put out grains. A pair came today and they were lucky the larger spotted doves were not around, so they feasted without fear.


I just don't see as many of these as I used to. As a child I recall that at dusk sparrows would enter our rooms and go to sleep on the electrical wires on L shaped corners where two walls met. They never flew about the room to get hurt by the fans. We knew which were the favoured corners. With "advancement" we now have concealed wiring and Acs. I recall seeing flocks at the local grocers where rice grains etc., were winnowed or kept in gunny bags to be weighed out...these days we have departmental stores where pre packaged grains are sold. Of course global warming...environmental damage etc., counts but tiny changes in our livestyles must have also made a difference.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Nov 23, 2020
Submitted on Nov 23, 2020

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