While, conservation efforts in India have traditionally focused on only wild animal species notably Tiger, Great Indian Bustard, Elephant etc, we never bothered concerning ourselves with the common species that make up our immediate surroundings. Among these, common birds that surrounded us became less and less conspicuous. Sadly, even house sparrow (Passer domesticus) that once was ubiquitous to the Indian neighborhoods has now become a rare spotting occasion.
So far, there is no definite statistical information to prove the declining numbers of these common bird species. Therefore, even though, few people have woken up to the emptiness in the urban skies and the absence of bird chirp but the lack of scientific data has made it difficult for the concerned to bring this effectively to light.
The difference between common and uncommon is not just a matter of two alphabets. It is a matter of concern, for our ecosystem and environment balance equally. Not only do such horrific figures on their decline show a dismal debilitating condition of our urban environment but also have the ability to cause long-term ecological imbalances.
Birds that are common today may soon become endangered if we don’t wake up to their decline and make necessary conservation efforts. This begins simply by watching out for birds around your surroundings.