World Sparrow Day - History, Significance, Theme

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 3, 2022, 7:46

Every year on March 20th, World Sparrow Day is observed. The primary motive of the day is to spread awareness and concern and protect common house sparrows. The sparrows are becoming less numerous due to increased noise pollution. The Nature Forever Society of India and the Eco-Sys Action Foundation of France came up with World Sparrow Day. Mohammed Dilawar, a passionate conservationist, founded the Society. In 2008, Time magazine named him one of the "Heroes of the Environment." On World Sparrow Day, let us urge the young nature lovers among us to love and care for the birds, especially as the hot summer season approaches and the birds, like humans, require cool shade and drink.

Ways to Celebrate World Sparrow Day

The sparrows live in backyards and green patches in metropolitan areas. Still, "their population has been on the decline in practically every metropolis in the last two decades." Let's celebrate World Sparrow Day by encouraging youngsters and others to respect sparrow habitat.

  • Creating habits beneficial to sparrows: It's never too late to learn something new. We can do things to have more greenery, which will attract sparrows to visit us more often, in addition to instructing our children to maintain a bowl of water and grains on the balcony for sparrows to dine on.
  • Take the kids for a sparrow walk: Since it's Saturday, go for a neighbourhood sparrow walk early in the morning. Remember to bring binoculars and a camera.
  • Make sparrow posters: Make paintings and posters of sparrows and other birds who frequent your balcony this aids in the development of avian awareness.

World Sparrow Day History

On March 20th, 2010, the inaugural World Sparrow Day was observed. Following that, this day is commemorated every year worldwide to raise awareness about house sparrows and other common birds threatened by the environment. The India-based Nature Forever Society (NFS) has launched an international campaign to commemorate World Sparrow Day. This organisation collaborates with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation in France. Mohammed Dilawar, an Indian conservationist who began assisting house sparrows in Nasik, formed the Nature Forever Society. TIME Magazine named him one of the "Heroes of the Environment" for 2008.

World Sparrow Day 2021 Theme

Every year on March 20th, various countries worldwide commemorate World Sparrow Day. Every year, a different theme is chosen for the event. "I LOVE Sparrows" is the theme for World Sparrow Day, which is depicted as "I <3 Sparrows." It is hoped that a larger crowd will participate in various events and efforts to safeguard sparrows by focusing on this issue. Since childhood, we've all had a special relationship with sparrows. The theme "I Love Sparrow" aims at reminding people of the bond they use to share with humans in the past so that they come forward for the celebration.

Facts about Sparrows

  • Males have reddish backs with black bibs, while females have brown backs with stripes. A male sparrow is also slightly larger than a female sparrow.
  • Flocks of sparrows dwell in colonies.
  • They can swim quickly if they detect danger.
  • Sparrows are not territorial; instead, they protect their nests and create them.
  • The wild sparrow has fewer than ten years, usually closer to four or five.
  • House sparrows fly at a speed of 45.5 km/h (28.3 mph) and roughly 15 wingbeats per second, with continuous flapping and no periods of gliding.
  • Male sparrows build nests to attract female sparrows.
  • The house sparrow (Passer Domesticus) belongs to the Passeridae family of sparrows.
  • Because they are so closely tied with human habitations, house sparrows can live in urban and rural areas.
  • They can be found in various habitats and climates but not in woods, deserts, or grasslands.
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FAQs on World Sparrow Day

Q,1) When was the first World Sparrow Day celebrated?

The first World Sparrow Day was celebrated on March 20th, 2010.

Q.2) Who funded the World Sparrow Day initiative?

Mohammed Dilawar was the first person to fund the initiative, and he received some awards too for supporting the cause by investing in it.

Q.3) Why is World Sparrow Day celebrated?

World Sparrow Day is celebrated to raise awareness and conserve common house sparrows, which are dwindling due to growing noise pollution.