Wednesday 19 March 2014

Sparrows of India- caricatures

World Sparrow Day is being celebrated on 20th March this year. Here's a compilation of caricatures of sparrow species from India to mark the occasion-

                                                                      House Sparrow
Our commonest species, and also one of the most widespread birds in the world, House Sparrows have been declining in numbers in recent times because of several factors such as loss of nesting sites, modern architecture, a reduction in feeding opportunities and the effects of electromagnetic radiation. This has prompted several conservation efforts and events such as Sparrow Day.

Sind Sparrow
The Sind Sparrow is a similar looking passerine that breeds in and around the Indus Valley. The extensive grey on both the crown and the nape of the male separates it from the male House Sparrow.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
The Eurasian Tree Sparrow differs from other sparrows described here in having no plumage differences between the sexes. The rich chestnut nape and crown and the black patch on the neck separate it from the other species. It is an inhabitant of the Himalayan foothills.

Spanish Sparrow
Closely related to the House Sparrow, the Spanish Sparrow is common in the Mediterranean region where it hybridizes with the former, and in Central and South-west Asia. The male is dark and boldly streaked, and the female is separated from her counterparts by the streaks on her breast.   

Russet Sparrow
The Russet Sparrow is the Himalayan equivalent of the House Sparrow. It has a rich rufous and yellow plumage and breeds along terrace cultivations in the Himalayan foothills.

Chestnut-shouldered Petronia
Formerly known as the Yellow-throated Sparrow or Salim Ali's Sparrow, this bird is famous for triggering Dr. Salim Ali's interest in the world of birds and inspiring his switch from shooting to studying birds. It is a common species around villages of peninsular India and prefers scrubs and forest fringes, where large flocks can be seen feeding on fruits and flowering trees.

The compilation or even individual posters can be ordered by mailing me at Also, there's a whole range of sparrow merchandise as listed below-

A2 Posters (loose)- Rs. 1200 each
Mounted Posters (A3- Individual species and compilation)- Rs. 2000
Loose Posters (A3- Individual species and compilation)- Rs. 500 for the first copy and Rs. 200 for the second copy onwards
Fridge Magnets (3" x 4", Printed in sets of 4)- Any 4 sparrows for Rs. 1200
Coasters (3.5" x 3.5", Printed in sets of 6)- All 6 sparrows for Rs. 800
Coffee Mug (Sparrows of India)- Rs. 850
T-shirts (S/ML/XL unisex, roundneck, cotton)- Rs. 1000 each
(Please note that I am shipping only within India at the moment)

For orders outside of India, visit my Redbubble Store.


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  2. Lovely...Conservation efforts in such a creative way! Really enjoy your blog!

  3. Petronia is not a Sparrow and it does not belong to the genus passer

  4. Thank you Madhuja! And thanks, House Sparrow for your inputs. Agree with you, but I'm really not trying to get scientific here.

  5. Beautiful blog, beautiful birds and always portrayed in such a beautiful way. Please continue with this wonderfully great job...