House sparrows are often seen as feathered villains in areas where they are invasive, but many birders don't realize that these plucky birds are in severe decline in their native Eurasian range. Fortunately, house sparrows will soon get more positive notice in India, where the species has been declared the official state bird of Dehli. According to IBN Live, the choice was made in conjunction with a program to help conserve the species, and information about house sparrows will be incorporated into local school curriculums.
Businesses, educational institutions and individuals are being encouraged to participate in the "Rise for the Sparrows" program, a series of small changes that can make a big impact for the birds. Other native birds will also benefit.
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Female House Sparrow
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