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House Sparrows in Airport

Updated on September 15, 2015

House sparrows eating left overs in cafeteria

House sparrow facts

House sparrow is a small brown bird belonging to the sparrow family. They are seen throughout the world. House sparrows are known to follow human habitats and live in proximity to the human habitats. Sparrows flock the grocery shops in our town in search of grains. They are also commonly seen sitting on branches of bushy plants in front our house.

What do house sparrows eat?

House sparrows normally feed on insects, grains and flowers. I was flying to Delhi, end of December 2011 and was surprised to see sparrows in a cafeteria inside Bengaluru (Capital of Karnataka, India) airport.

House sparrows and Bengaluru

Bangalore once was a haven for house sparrows with its lush greenery with lot of shrubs and bushes. Shrubs and bushes are the typical nesting places for house sparrows. With the green cover increasingly being stripped off, the city witnessed a reduction in the number of house sparrows.

Bangalore started with a campaign "Gubbi Goodu" on March 20th 2011,the World House Sparrow Day. Gubbi Goodu, which means sparrow house, was initiated by Biodiversity Conservation India Limited- Zero Emission Development (BCIL-ZED) Foundation in collaboration with the Zoo Authority of Karnataka to promote awareness about house sparrows as well as distribute specially designed sparrow houses to the residents of Bangalore, free of charge. This is an effort to increase the number of sparrows in the city which is now in the list of threatened birds.

Picture of house sparrows feasting on left over idlis
Picture of house sparrows feasting on left over idlis

The cafeteria in Bengaluru airport served idli, dosa, puri etc. The sparrows fed on all left overs. But idli seemed to be the favorite as it is soft and may be easy for them to bite.

They were keen on eating the small pieces of idli fallen on the ground. It was a delight to watch them eating together.

House sparrows are known to survive in human habitats. But I have never witnessed the birds coming so close to the humans. We thoroughly enjoyed the scene, though my mind trained in health care was a bit worried about the possible infections from such close proximity.


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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Hi ishwaryaa22 ,

      Thanks for the visit

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub with equally engaging photos! Sparrows are really cute little birds and it is sad to see their numbers dwindling at present. It is important to protect these little birds and it is good to know that BCIL-ZED took immediate action. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India


      Sparrows are reducing in Bangalore also. Earlier, there used to be many shrubs and flowering plants which are the favourites of sparrows. As these reduced in number, the birds started disappearing.

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      medicinefuture 5 years ago

      This article on tiny creature of nature is fine. you know sparrows are almost on verge of extinction in Punjab. what about your own city Bangalore.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Here in front of a store we see many of them pecking on the rice falling from the rice sacs.

      It is a very delightful sight to watch. But generally their number has come down. That’s why the initiatives like “Gubbi Goodu”

      Thanks for the visit :)

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      Dahlia Flower 5 years ago from Canada

      Great photos and interesting information. I'm so surprised that house sparrows are diminishing in numbers there in a part of India.

      The sight of sparrows in the Walmarts in Hawaii and in some other stores on the islands -- always worried me (when I lived on Oahu) because the sparrows don't have a real food source in the store nor a place to get water. Each time I'd ask an employee about it, they would say the sparrows fly in and out and know exactly how to get out. But I'm sure when the doors closed at 11:00 pm, there were many remaining in the store.

      These little sweeties go anywhere.

      Voting up and awesome.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I just had to smile at this hub, Thumbl7. I enjoy the 'sparrow' show every time I am sitting in the boarding area awaiting my plane. They hop around so close to the passengers and are totally unafraid.

      This was a cute hub with great close up shots. Voted interesting and beautiful. :) Enjoy your weekend.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India


      House sparows are friendly and follow human habitat. I love watching them.Thanks for the visit and comment.

      Have a great day!

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      bri36 5 years ago

      Here in Phoenix, az there are lots of these little birds everywhere. At the store, in the park, even in the House believe it or not. I like them because of there tenacious way of getting the food away from the pidgins. great hub very well written and cool pictures also. who wouldn't vote for this^

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Thank you very much for your visit Eddy.

      I am happy to have you here and am thrilled that you enjoyed the hub. House sparrows although very common are a delight to watch. Have a great day.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Hi thumbi7,

      We have House Sparow visiting our Bird Table daily and they are so heart warming and amusing to watch.

      I have to vote this one up.

      Take care


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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Laura Schneider. They are called house sparrows. The bird is short with thick bills. Its back is brown in color with black streaks. The male bird has a black V shaped bib on the breast.

      Thanks for your comment. Have a great day.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Mathira. They are cute indeed and it was lovely to watch them.

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      Laura Schneider 5 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      thumbi7, this is very interesting, and I love all the pictures of the little birds. I didn't realize this is what they were called, so I learned a lot from all of your article. Thank you! Voted up and interesting.

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      mathira 5 years ago from chennai

      How cute and sweet.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Shampa. Thanks for the comment.

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      Shampa Sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and interesting!

      Beautiful pictures and simple but nice hub.