Wildlife experts are reportedly looking into the mysterious deaths of hundreds of birds which plummeted from the sky mid flight onto a residential street in Mexico. That exact moment was caught on security camera footage in Cuauhtemoc City, located north of the country.
According to the Spanish-language El Heraldo de Chihuahua, the incident occurred on Monday, 7 February 2022. The birds, which were later identified as yellow-headed blackbirds, were discovered lifeless and strewn across the sidewalks by residents who were no doubt shocked.
FLOCK OF BIRDS DROPS DEAD: THERE MAY BE AN EXPLANATION
While you may be scratching your head wondering why and how birds could ‘randomly’ drop dead from the sky, there may actually be a plausible explanation for this: Wildlife experts reckon it was most probably the movements of a predatory bird that actually caused the blackbirds to plunge to their deaths.These birds are believed to have been wintering in Mexico after migrating from Canada.
The Guardian has cited Dr Richard Broughton, an ecologist with the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, who reckons a predator could have made the birds whirl tightly and driven them towards the ground, with higher birds forcing lower ones to crash into the buildings or the ground.
“This looks like a raptor like a peregrine or hawk has been chasing a flock, like they do with murmurating starlings, and they have crashed as the flock was forced low. You can see that they act like a wave at the beginning, as if they are being flushed from above,” he said.