Citizen Sparrow

How is the house sparrow doing in India?

For years, we have been lamenting the decline of the House Sparrow in India. Surprisingly, given all this concern, there is hardly any systematic information on the population of this species today, and in comparison to the past. The Citizen Sparrow project was an attempt to generate this kind of information.

  • This photo was used in a "count the birds" game on the Citzen Sparrow Facebook page. Photo by Gopi Sundar.

Citizens for Sparrows

In April-June 2012, a questionnaire survey on House Sparrows in India was conducted by the Bombay Natural History Society, the National Centre for Biological Sciences, and the Nature Conservation Foundation, together with a large number of supporting organizations. This project gathered over 10,000 reports from more than 5,000 respondents. These reports, taken together, suggest a decline in sparrows all across the country, although their current status varies considerably from city to city and region to region. The most striking result was that reports of sparrows were consistently lower from cities than from towns and villages. This is the first large dataset on sparrow reports from across the country.

More information about the project, and the results, is on the Citizen Sparrow website.

Citizensparrow posterreport

Poster report. Downloadable from the Citizen Sparrow website

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  • Popular Article
    2014
    நீங்களும் விஞ்ஞானிதான்! (On Citizen Science)
    தி இந்து நாளிதழ். The Hindu Tamil News Daily. 18th November 2014.

    Jeganathan, P. (2014).நீங்களும் விஞ்ஞானிதான்! - தி இந்து நாளிதழ் உயிர்மூச்சு இணைப்பில், ‘இயற்கையின் வாசலில்’ தொடர் எண் – 20. 18th November 2014. Neengalum vingnanithanIyarkayin Vaasalil ArticleSeries No.20 (On Citizen Science). The Hindu Tamil News Daily. 18th November 2014. 

    (The Hindu link here and personal blog link here).

  • Popular Article
    2014
    மக்கள் விஞ்ஞானிகளே, வாருங்கள்! (On various citizen science project initiatives in India)
    25th November 2014.

    Jeganathan, P. (2014). மக்கள் விஞ்ஞானிகளே, வாருங்கள்! - தி இந்து நாளிதழ் உயிர்மூச்சு இணைப்பில், ‘இயற்கையின் வாசலில்’ தொடர் எண் – 21. 25th November 2014. Makkal Vingnanigale Varungal!Iyarkayin Vaasalil ArticleSeries No.21 (On various citizen science project initiatives in India). The Hindu Tamil News Daily. 25th November 2014. 

    (The Hindu link here and personal blog link here).

  • Popular Article
    2012
    சிட்டுக்குருவிகள் உண்மையிலேயே அழிந்து வருகின்றனவா? (Are House Sparrows really declining? and on citizensparrow results)
    தினமணி நாளிதழ் – கொண்டாட்டம் இணைப்பில். 22 ஏப்ரல் 2012. Dinamani – Tamil Newspaper. 22nd April 2012.

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    சிட்டுக் குருவிகள் உண்மையிலேயே அழிந்து வருகின்றனவா? தினமணி நாளிதழ் – கொண்டாட்டம் இணைப்பில். 22 ஏப்ரல் 2012.[Jeganathan, P. (2012). Sittukuruvigal unmayileye azinthu varukindranava? Dinamani – Tamil Newspaper. Date 22nd April 2012 (Are House Sparrows really declining? and on citizensparrow results)]

  • Popular Article
    2012
    A home for the house sparrow
    The Hindu in School, 18 April

    Jeganathan, P. (2012). A home for the house sparrow. The Hindu in School, 18 April.

    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/article3325789.ece

  • Popular Article
    2012
    கூடுகட்டவாகுருவி. (On House Sparrows)
    புதிய தலைமுறை. 19ஜூலை 2012 Puthiya Thalaimurai. 19th July 2012

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    கூடுகட்டவாகுருவி. காக்கைக்குருவிஎங்கள்ஜாதிதொடர்-2. புதியதலைமுறை. 19ஜூலை 2012.Jeganathan, P. (2012). Koodu Katta Va Kuruvi. Kakkai Kuruvi Engal Jathi-Series, Article No.2, Puthiya Thalaimurai. 19th July 2012. (On House Sparrows)]

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