A flock of birds dies and falls from the sky in bizarre footage

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A huge flock of birds can be seen suddenly dying and falling from the sky in bizarre security footage. Look here :

Last Monday (February 7), a flock of yellow-headed blackbirds was recorded collapsing to the ground in Chihuahua, Mexico.

In the video, the birds appear to crash down to Earth suddenly and simultaneously, with many resuming flight while others remained on the ground.

Police began receiving reports around 8:20 a.m. of piles of birds strewn across the streets.

A veterinarian was called in to assess the dead migratory birds – which head to southern Canada during the winter – and according to El Heraldo de Chihuahua they said the birds could have died as a result of smoke inhalation poisonous, possibly from a nearby heater.

It is also possible that they perched on a power line during an overload.

While the footage is undeniably shocking, there have been numerous reports of similar incidents recently.

The birds had migrated south from Canada. Credit: La Policía Seccional de Álvaro

Just last week hundreds of birds were found dead after falling from the sky in Wales.

The starlings were found between Waterston and Hazelbeach, Pembrokeshire, on Thursday evening (February 10).

Pembrokeshire Herald editor Tom Sinclair said it appeared the birds were dead before they hit the ground.

According to the BBC, he said: “There were over 50 birds on the road and you could hear them all in the hedgerows, screaming and making noise.

“In the first wave, people told me the council had collected 10 bin bags, and I was there later, so I think several hundred, possibly 1,000, died.

“I was there around 11:30 p.m., they were still falling from the sky. It was like they died before they hit the ground.”

As with yellow-headed blackbirds in Mexico, it is unclear what caused the mass death.

Credit: La Policía Seccional de Álvaro
Credit: La Policía Seccional de Álvaro

The RSPCA said it was possible their evening roost was disturbed causing them to become disoriented and crash to the ground.

This theory runs counter to Tom’s account that the birds appear dead before they hit the ground.

He said: “I don’t know what happened, really no idea, I can’t think it was a bird of prey, they weren’t flying and hitting the road, they were dropping dead.

“I wondered if they were poisoned, or maybe it was birds migrating and it was really cold, maybe they froze and died.”

A spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council said: “Officers attended the site and around 200 starlings were found dead on the road.

“The authority has undertaken a clean-up and removed the dead birds from the site. There is no clear indication as to the cause of these deaths. We have reported the incident to the Animal and Plant Health Agency. “

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