are birds falling from the sky

A security camera captured the moment when scores of birds suddenly fell from the sky and died in northern Mexico.

The video showed a flock of yellow-headed blackbirds hitting the pavement en masse in Chihuahua, about 230 miles south of El Paso, Texas. Local media reported that the incident happened last week.

While many of the birds that were headed south from Canada — where they had spent the winter — recovered from the fall and flew away, dozens of them were dead and did not move.

But a veterinarian suspected the birds either inhaled toxic fumes from a heater or might have fallen victim to nearby power lines.

The eerie video has spurred conspiracy theories — but there may be a simple explanation

are birds falling from the sky

Strange footage of birds in northern Mexico seemingly just dying and falling from the sky has gone viral. The eerie video appears to be a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s horror movie “The Birds.” “.

According to NBC News, a security camera captured the video footage of a moment when a massive flock of yellow-headed blackbirds fell from the sky, hitting the pavement en masse in Chihuahua, about 230 miles south of El Paso, Texas. While the footage showed many of the birds flying back upward in a matter of seconds, many were left as corpses on the ground.

Local media released the unsettling video last week; at the time, authorities were unable to identify the reason behind the bird’s untimely demise and peculiar behavior. This, predictably, opened the door for a plethora of conspiracy theories to follow.

Since the video didnt capture a possible collision, speculation is open as to the reason for the mass bird death. Yet scientists have a couple of ideas. The first, and most popular credible theory, is that the birds were running from some sort of predator — like a falcon, hawk or owl.

“The birds really made a mistake with this,” said Kevin J. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s McGowan, an ornithologist, told The Washington Post “A really big oops moment. McGowan claimed that it is “the only thing that makes sense” to explain their actions, implying that the birds made a few mistakes during their hasty flight.

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Dr. Richard Broughton, an ecologist with the UK Center for Ecology & Hydrology, told The Guardian that while a predator isnt seen in the footage, hes also 99 percent sure that it caused the eerie behavior from the birds. A predatory bird may have tussled with them mid-air and drove them towards the ground, forcing the ones flying closer to the ground to crash into it.

“It appears that a raptor, such as a hawk or peregrine falcon, has been pursuing a group of birds, similar to how they handle murmurating starlings, and they have crashed when the flock was driven low,” Broughton remarked. “You can observe that in the beginning, they behave like a wave, as though they are being flushed from above.” The word “murmuration” describes a large group of birds flying in a swirling, mass formation; it is frequently used in reference to starlings or other birds that fly in large groups with hundreds or thousands of other birds.

Broughtons theory was supported by Dr. Alexander Lees, a senior lecturer in conservation biology at Manchester Metropolitan University. “I would still say that the most likely cause is the flock murmuring to avoid a predatory raptor and hitting the ground,” he said, based only on one video and without consulting a toxicologist.

The National Audubon Society reports that thousands of yellow-headed blackbirds are frequently spotted flying together.

According to Lees, “there always seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to blame environmental pollutants, but infrastructure collisions are very common.” It is not surprising that such events occur occasionally in a closely packed flock, as the birds follow the movements of the bird in front rather than actually interpreting their wider surroundings.” “.

The world has been agitated by footage of mass bird deaths before. Thousands of birds were discovered inexplicably dead in New Mexico in 2020. Scientists believed the massive die-off may have been caused by the birds’ inability to fly due to malnutrition since they were found emaciated. The birds may have started to migrate before they had enough food stored due to wildfires in California.

In 2019, 225 starlings were found dead on a road in Anglesey, an island in Wales. Similarly, the birds dropped dead from the sky, and became the subject a slew of wild conspiracy theories. Investigators ultimately concluded that “the injuries and death of the birds was caused by the birds striking the tarmac or the nearby bushes, and probably consistent with the birds avoiding either severe weather or a raptor in the area.”

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Numerous birds that had been spending the winter in Canada made it through the fall and fled, but dozens of others remained motionless and dead.

However, a veterinarian believed the birds may have been struck by nearby power lines or may have breathed in harmful heater fumes.

The video showed a flock of yellow-headed blackbirds hitting the pavement en masse in Chihuahua, about 230 miles south of El Paso, Texas. Local media reported that the incident happened last week.

A security camera captured the moment when scores of birds suddenly fell from the sky and died in northern Mexico.

FAQ

Why did those birds fall out of the sky?

The first, and most popular credible theory, is that the birds were running from some sort of predator — like a falcon, hawk or owl. “This truly was an ‘oops’ moment for the birds,” Kevin J. McGowan, an ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology told The Washington Post.

Why did my bird suddenly die?

Your pet bird will die suddenly if their organs fail. Unfortunately, not only can organ failure result from a lack of food and water, but also genetic abnormalities, other illnesses, and more. A necropsy might help you identify whether your beloved bird died unexpectedly from organ failure.

What happened to the birds in Arkansas?

Among the experts interviewed for this article, the consensus seems to be that the birds in both Arkansas and Louisiana were scared or otherwise dislodged from their roosts (the catalyst could’ve been just about anything: New Year’s Eve fireworks, a predator, people, a weather event, a train, etc.)

What does it mean when you dream about dead birds falling from the sky?

Dead Bird Falling from the Sky: This dream suggests that there is something important in your waking life that you are failing to notice. The dead bird represents a significant aspect that requires your attention.