Urban Ecosystems

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 147–154 | Cite as

Habitat-wise distribution of the House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) in Delhi, India

  • Neeraj Khera
  • Arkaja Das
  • Saumya Srivasatava
  • Siddharth Jain


Recently, there have been several reports from different parts of the World on the declining populations of the House Sparrow (Passer domesticus). In order to assess the population of this species in the National Capital Territory of Delhi-India, this study was conducted during June– August in 2007. Twenty-eight Fixed-Radius Point Count stations were established in five habitat types viz. High-density Urban Area, Medium-density Urban Area, Low-density Urban Area, Agriculture Area, and Forested Area, within the study area. The results show that the House Sparrow is still a dominant species in the agriculture area. However, its density is very low in the urban areas as compared to the other co-occurring common bird species viz. Rock Pigeon (Columba livia domestica), House Crow (Corvus splendens) and Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis). As, this study was conducted only over one season, the data is not sufficient to provide a clear picture of the population trend of the House Sparrow. Further studies are therefore required to investigate the relationship of the House Sparrow with other co-occurring common species, and to analyse the data on the type and quality of greenspaces and their relation with the House Sparrow in the study area. A long-term monitoring and conservation programme involving local people may be a good approach for maintaining the population of House Sparrow in the study area.


Bird survey Delhi House Sparrow Urban biodiversity Urban greenspaces Rock Pigeon House Crow Common Myna 



We are thankful to WWF-India for their financial support, encouragement and guidance. We are also thankful to the reviewers of the manuscript for their valuable suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neeraj Khera
    • 1
  • Arkaja Das
    • 1
  • Saumya Srivasatava
    • 1
  • Siddharth Jain
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Natural ResourcesTERI UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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