Mass Bird Deaths - An Unexplained Phenomenon

An unusual phenomenon has been observed in various parts of the world, which has recently been ocurring more regularly. Flocks of flying birds suddenly appear to loose control and fall to the ground. While this has occurred with a variety of bird species, it appears to be most common with crows and blackbirds.

Mysterious phenomena are being documented all over the world of entire flocks of birds literally falling from the sky.


While most of the birds die after taking the fall, some survive but are usually not strong enough to pick themselves up and fly away. Some witnesses of these events reported that the surviving birds appeared to be paralysed, being too weak to stand, even when pedestrians attempted to help them. The most recent event to date was observed at the end of January this year in Italy, Europe, and Draper, US. The bodies of many of the fallen birds had been flattened.

Mostly blackbirds and crows are being affected. In many cases the exact causes of death remain a mystery.


Environmental experts had been investigating the phenomenon, however, without reaching a conclusive explanation. Presented possibile causes include contagious disease, effects of a toxic chemical or poison, or even in some cases drunkenness from consuming too many fermented berries. Interestingly, during a 2011 occurrence, which took place in Arkansas, US, many of the deceased birds were red-winged blackbirds, which are considered to be agricultural pests. Nonetheless, examinations of their bodies revealed that the cause of death was blunt trauma and that their stomachs were empty prior to death. Some experts suggested another potential cause of the birds' crashes. They believe that they might have been disoriented by nearby fireworks.

The inconclusiveness of many of these investigations has encouraged conspiracy theory enthusiasts to come up with their own conjectures. For example, some believe that the cause might be secret weapon testing, UFOs or that it is a sign of approaching apocalypse.

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