Thursday, May 5, 2011

House Sparrow: Where are they?

I still remember in Chennai we used to have sparrows building nests inside our house and they used to create a racket in the front porch. Recently, we put up some rice grains in the front door and yet did not see a single sparrow come to eat it - Surprising that they are extinct in a span of 20 years.

From 201104_Conoor

After such a long time I saw them in Conoor , which raised this question - where are they in Chennai?
I realise that I am not the only one missing them.


  1. The reason is clear: Chennai sparrows have evolved stealth/invisibility.
    Other lifeforms on a +/- scale:
    ++ Rats.
    -Snakes. (gone from occasional to only in Snake parks and planes)
    -Cows (few houses have cows in attendance nowadays)
    +++ Mosquito
    + Ants

    The obligatory offering is eaten by rats and occasionally crows. It still gets offered.
    kaaka ku oru pudi, kurvi ki oru pudi...
    + Lizards

  2. +Buffaloes (Especially standing in the middle of the road in front of expensive european cars) too