There has been a steep decline in bird populations in Balochistan (one of the four provinces of Pakistan. Its provincial capital and largest city is Quetta), said conservator of forests and wildlife Balochistan Sharifuddin on Wednesday. The official confirmed that there has been a decline in the overall population of sparrows among other birds in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan. The revelation comes just a day after bird lovers marked the World Sparrow Day on Tuesday (March 20). “Even crow, which was a common bird, has decreased in number,” he remarked. “There are no exact figures but it is correct the bird populations have been affected.” Moreover, a study noted that certain bird populations have been reduced by at least 80 percent since 1990. The research, which was based on Germany and Europe, found that lapwings decreased by 80 percent between 1990 to 2013, the number of partridges dropped by 84 percent between 1990 and 2015.
Sources: Geo News, 21 March 2018