In this absolutely bizarre security footage, a strange incident occurred as yellow-headed blackbirds migrated south through Mexico.
In the video, the birds appear to crash down to Earth suddenly and simultaneously, with many taking flight again while others remained on the ground. They hurried to the Alvaro Obregon neighborhood in the Chihuahuan city of Cuauhtémoc, as around 8:30 in the morning in February, police received a complaint about the dying birds.
Dozens of blackbirds can be seen abruptly dropping out of the sky in the video that has now gone viral. They fall to the ground in a horrifying scene of death that authorities are still piecing together. The abrupt deaths of the birds occurred as they were flying from Canada, up north and down south, to Mexico, where they spend the peaceful, warm winter months.
The majority of the birds quickly take to the air again and fly away, moments later, but after the mysterious event that forced them from the sky, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of dead birds were left behind.
There was seemingly little explanation for what caused around birds to die so suddenly, with some pointing that the birds might have died from inhaling toxic fumes, as El Heraldo de Chihuahua, a veterinarian who examined the birds believes they were thrust out of the air because something bothered them.
The vet also explained that this could have happened if a heater was poisoning the environment. Another scenario for what transpired to the blackbirds was that they might have been electrocuted if they were perched on nearby power lines, or they might have been crushed because they were too heavy, according to a report published by the local paper.
Following the incident, however, people created a wide variety of speculations about what happened to the birds on social media. With one person posited that it could have been a murmuration that didn’t go as planned. A large group of birds, usually starlings that travel together and move in unison with one another in order to frighten away predators and keep themselves safe is known as a murmuration.
“Looks more like the lead birds got confused, the dead birds look more like a result of a collision with the surface given that the surviving members of the flock flew back up,” one user wrote.
While the footage is undeniably shocking, an ecologist with the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Dr. Richard Broughton, thinks that a predatory bird most likely pulled the flock of blackbirds toward the ground, causing some of them to crash and die.
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