An un­likely place to call home

Bird Watching (UK) - - Bird The World -

Ur­ban ci­ties are sprawled across much of Viet­nam and this con­crete jun­gle is some­what chal­leng­ing for many species. Cre­ativ­ity is key to sur­vival here. I’ve seen nests in a man­ner of dif­fer­ent high places from brick walls to tele­phone poles. De­spite this, I was suprised to find a fam­ily of Tree Spar­rows nest­ing in an old plane wreck. The refuge was from an old Amer­i­can fighter jet that had been shot down in the Viet­nam war. The wing was proudly dis­played up­right on its end at the Viet­nam Mil­i­tary His­tory Mu­seum in Hanoi. It was cov­ered with pokey holes, rust and art­work which was now scuffed and faded. The fuse­lage pro­vided sim­i­lar cover to a tree, keep­ing the Tree Spar­rows away from dogs and cats. But, as the mu­seum is in the cen­tre of the city, they are in close range of the avail­able riches of ur­ban food!

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