MP Santosh clicks Indian Green-backed sparrows

Green back sparrows


Rama Krishna Sangem

BRS MP  J Santosh Kumar this Sunday,  April 9, clicked a mother and baby duo of Indian green backed sparrows.  The four pics he tweeted are of a mother or parent (as male birds too doe the feeding) feeding an insect into the mouth of  its baby. By evening 5 pm, around 13,000 viewed the pics and 40 retweeted and 250 liked them. Obviously, most are from Santosh’s green fans.

Santosh, founder leader of Green India Challenge (GIC) chose his Sunday Photography for which he  uses his Nikon 850  camera to capture nature’s life every week to bring awareness among public on ecology and environment. Thousands of youth and adults respond to his pics and share them on social media. GIC is a big hit at the national-level, is in turn inspired by CM KCR’s “Telangana Ku Harita Haaram”.


Sparrows need urban spaces

There are thousands of kinds of birds from sparrow family. The birds of this picture too belong to the same, though with some minor special features. When Excel India consulted some birdwatchers in Hyderabad on Santosh;’s photos this week, some said, they appeared different from the sparrows family while others said they fall under the broad grouping of birds.

Unlike our typical sparrows, which we see in our backyard trees, some coloured variety are spotted on minor forests, adjacent to human habitats. They need nests and some protection from big birds and other animals like snakes etc. Breeding and feeding of sparrow family birds need some form of human company. The birds seen here are of North Indian migrant features.

“There are 350 varieties of sparrows that can be found in and around Hyderabad. But, they all have the same social life – means breeding and feeding and raising their babies,” said M Ashok Reddy, retired forest officers and a birdwatcher in Tarnaka, Hyderabad. We should encourage our kids and youth to take photos of these winged companions and identify them properly, he suggsted. 

Rama Krishna Sangem

Ramakrishna chief editor of excel India online magazine and website

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