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House-sparrow with dragonfly

Passer domesticus


Small bird. So much a part of my childhood. Rather less common now. Shades of brown and black. Finch-like beak. A timid bird...I was a bit taken aback to see it with a dragonfly in its beak. I usually see it eat grain or crumbs. This one is a female...maybe she has chicks. The colours of the male are darker and it has a prominent black bib.


On the electric line just beyond my rooftop terrace. I get avian visitors that drop in for water, nesting material (sometimes they purloin!) and fruits and crumbs.


Every year March 20 is observed as World Sparrow Day to raise awareness about the bird. This is in advance celebration.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Mar 14, 2021
Submitted on Mar 14, 2021

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