Hyderabad: Worried about the declining numbers of sparrows, a group of residents from Hyderabad have decided to place plywood nests on trees and outside their homes to save the birds from becoming extinct.

Residents Welfare Association of Sai Baba Officers Colony in Sainikpuri has made nesting boxes with the help of a carpenter. Residents said urbanization has disturbed the habitat of birds and they are in dire need of homes in big cities

The residents have decided to place these nesting boxes on all trees in the colony. They have also requested the society members to place the boxes outside their homes.

Sai Baba Officers Colony houses 197 individual homes. The association aims to install about 200-400 nesting boxes in their colony.

"We use to see many sparrows and smaller birds in the past. But due to the increase in the population of pigeons, there is a decline in the number of smaller birds. We have realized that these birds need more nesting places than feed. We made these nesting boxes with left out wastage from a construction site," Sudesh Kumar, Member of Residents Welfare Association, Sai Baba Officers Colony, told Newsmeter.

Kumar noted small birds have a greater role in protecting nature and the environment. “Purpose of doing is to encourage more humans to start loving and welcome these angels to our homes," he said.

Chandrasekhar, Secretary, Residents Welfare Association, Sai Baba Officers Colony said they are all set to welcome sparrows and smaller birds back in the colony.

“Birds need a home to regenerate. Our Resident Welfare Association has taken up the initiative to make sparrow nesting boxes from wastage left out plywood sheets for our colony," he said.

Govind Rao, Member-Secretary, Residents Welfare Association, Sai Baba Officers Colony said the residents will start fixing the nesting boxes from Saturday. “Our target is to cover all trees and homes in our colony," he said.

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