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Watch: ‘Birdman’ Uses Own Savings To Feed More Than 8,000 Parakeets Every Day

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Chennai-based technician Joseph Sekar has earned the title of Birdman of Chennai for feeding thousands of parrots every day. Watch this video to see why he does it.

On a winter morning in 2004, Chennai-based Joseph Sekar noticed five weary parakeets on his terrace in Triplicane, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city.

Today, these five parakeets have been joined by thousands more — 8,000 to be exact — thanks to Sekar, who uses 40 per cent of his monthly income to feed them at the same spot every day.

“Keeping soaked rice and water for the sparrows is a family tradition. So after I moved to Chennai some three decades ago, I continued the practice. But this was the first time when I saw parakeets coming to my terrace regularly. That was the beginning of my tryst with the beautiful birds. I didn’t even realise when the numbers touched thousands,” Sekar, a camera repairman and electrician, told The Better India.

While locals fondly call Sekar the ‘Birdman of Chennai’, his terrace has also become a tourist hub from visitors across the world. At times, they’ve offered to contribute towards his noble endeavour, but he’s always politely declined. “I will never take a loan or accept money to feed my kids,” he said.

Watch the changes he made in his lifestyle to accommodate this heartwarming habit: