Calling home the sparrows

Five hundred bird feeders were distributed for free at the Burhani Masjid off Bannerghatta Road on Sunday.

In the hope of bringing the once common house sparrow back to Bengaluru, Burhani Foundation (India) distributed 500 bird feeders at the Burhani Masjid in Gottigere, off Bannerghatta Road on 6th March. Across the country, fifty-two thousand bird feeders were distributed as a part of centenary celebrations of the birth of Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, Dai-al-Mutlaq (spiritual leader) of the Dawoodi Bohra community. His birthday falls on 6th March, according to the Gregorian calendar.

People collecting the bird feeders from the judges of Limca and Guiness Book of World records. Pic: Yograj S Mudalgi

The distribution was taken up in association with Nature Forever Society, an organisation working for the conservation of house sparrows.

Hundreds of people irrespective of theirs faiths gathered to receive bird feeders. Nigar Ataulla, a journalist, says it was her love for the sparrows that brought here there all the way from Austin Town. "People have become busy with their lives to notice such changes as the sparrows vanishing but a small effort such as this can go a long way," she said.

For Anbu Chezhian, it was an opportunity to encourage his three-year-old son to take up environmental issues. "We are fond of nature and undertake activities such as this at home. We are trying to inculcate the same in my son," said Chezhian, a resident of Eagle Ridge gated community on Bannerghatta Road.

Feroze Totanawala, media representative of Bangalore’s Dawoodi Bohra Community said that one of the reasons for the disappearance of sparrows is the lack of food sources for them. Totanawala said, "Sparrows need grains. It is not found in the open anymore in the city. Through these feeders, we are hoping to slowly get them back in to the city." He added that the feeders were distributed in Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and many other Indian cities as well. The event was also an attempt to enter the Limca Book of Records and Guiness Book of World Records, for the maximum number of bird feeders distributed in a day. The results will be known soon.

Seed for the feeders were distributed too. Pic: Yograj S Mudalgi

The distribution of 500 bird feeders was scheduled to go on from 10 am to 2 pm but the due to the overwhelming demand, all of them were distributed within two hours.  ‘To all those people who did not get a bird feeder, they have left their details with us and they will be provided with one when fresh stocks arrive", Totanawala said.


  1. Raji Koshy says:

    we want sparrows back in bangalore

  2. Nikita Ghosh says:

    I am. Looking for a hanging bird feeder. Where can I get that in bangalore.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Similar Story

Why the national programme for clean air failed a gasping Mumbai

Mumbai has seen an alarming decline in air quality. A look at the limited impact of the National Clean Air Programme on mitigating pollution.

October 2023 was a shocker for Mumbai. The coastal city has historically recorded lower AQI levels as compared to Delhi, which is notorious for its poor air quality. But the tables turned in October 2023, with AQI in Mumbai reaching dangerously high levels of up to 300, surpassing Delhi for several days. This led to a slew of respiratory ailments, more so among the vulnerable populations. PM2.5 levels have, in fact, seen a consistent increase in Mumbai over the past three years. Dr Jui Mandke, a paediatric surgeon practising in Mumbai, says, โ€œIn October 2023, we encountered the maximum number…

Similar Story

Ottupattarai renewed: From garbage dump to community garden in Coonoor

An initiative by the Coonoor Town Municipality and voluntary organisation Clean Coonoor has diverted tonnes of plastic waste from going to landfills.

Ottupattarai, once marred by the unsightly accumulation of waste in the picturesque hill town of Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, has undergone a remarkable transformation. This was possible through the dedicated efforts of Clean Coonoor, a city-based NGO. Nestled in the highest part of Coonoor, amidst the tea gardens of the Nilgiris, the waste dumping site in Ottupattarai has metamorphosed into a thriving garden that serves as a community space for residents. The makeover journey began in 2014 when 15 dedicated volunteers established Clean Coonoor to initiate sustainable waste management practices in the town. Beginnings of a journey In 2019, Clean…