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The Fall Of A Sparrow

Once a common bird, now the house sparrow is perched atop extinction

The Fall Of A Sparrow
Apoorva Gupte
The Fall Of A Sparrow
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Nine of us clamber on to ornithologist Mohammed Dilawar's bed in his home in Nasik to watch a sight humans have taken for granted for over 10,000 years. A pair of house sparrows are on a gruelling relay race to fetch any grubs they can find in Nasik's exploding concrete jungle to feed three hungry mouths in the designer wooden nest Dilawar has fixed on his bedroom window. Dilawar's idol Salim Ali, who lived in a Bombay that was so thick with sparrows that he used to kill them for sport, would probably have laughed to see all this fuss over what he called "man's most familiar hanger-on", but ornithologists and bird enthusiasts across the country fear the only reason the house sparrow has not yet gone on the Red list of endangered birds is probably because no one has yet bothered to count how many are still around.

Bird estate agent: Birdman Mohammed Dilawar with his wooden nesting boxes

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