The moment when hundreds of birds suddenly fall from the sky in Mexico, leaving dead bodies on the pavement.
- Hundreds of migratory yellow-headed thrushes have fallen from the sky in Mexico.
- The footage, taken on the morning of February 7, shows lifeless birds on the sidewalk.
- Police received reports of the birds around 8:20 am in Cuauhtemoca, Mexico.
- The birds flew south to Mexico from Canada for the rest of the winter.
This is the moment when hundreds of migratory birds mysteriously fell from the sky while flying in Mexico.
Police were called around 8:30 am on Feb. 7 after residents reported dead birds strewn across a sidewalk in the Alvaro Obregón neighborhood of Cuauhtémoc, in the state of Chihuahua.
The shocking footage, which has gone viral on social media, shows a cloud of yellow-headed thrushes suddenly falling to the ground.
Many of the flock are seen flying away, but many dozens lie dead in the street.
Police were called to the scene around 8:30 am on February 7 after local residents reported dead birds scattered on the sidewalk in the Alvaro Obregón neighborhood of Cuauhtémoc, in the state of Chihuahua.
The footage, which has since gone viral on social media, shows the birds suddenly falling to the ground while in flight.
Locals began seeing yellow-headed thrushes, which travel south to Mexico from Canada in winter, fall from the sky around 5 a.m.
In separate videos taken the same day, the birds can be seen lying motionless in the street, while someone sweeps them into piles with a broom.
The veterinarian who examined the dead thrushes suggested that they may have died from inhaling noxious fumes, possibly from a heater, or they may have been electrocuted after overloading power lines.
Separate shots show dead yellow-headed blackbirds lying on the street before they are swept into heaps.
The dead birds, which were also found 620 miles from Rubio, Mexico, have been removed and will be tested to determine their exact cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.
Many viewers on social media speculated that the incident could have been a mumbling that went wrong.
Huge groups form when birds – usually starlings – fly together and suddenly change direction to confuse predators.
One user wrote: “Looks like the lead birds got confused, the dead birds look more like the result of hitting the ground considering the surviving members of the flock flew back up.”
Another added: “Many immediately flew back out of sheer instinct, but many will be injured. So sad. Could this be murmuration?
One shocked viewer said, “This is very apocalyptic!”
Another added: “It’s incredibly scary and this isn’t the first story I’ve read of similar incidents happening around the world.”
Last week, a similar incident occurred 5,000 miles away after 200 birds mysteriously dropped dead from the sky in a seaside village in Wales.
Injured drivers said it was like watching a “horror movie” as the starlings fell to the ground for no apparent reason.
About 200 starlings have died after being found near the villages of Waterston and Hazelbeach, Pembrokeshire, officials have confirmed.
Why the birds died remains a mystery, and the RSPB said investigations are underway to determine the cause of death.
Witnesses said the injured starlings were strewn across the hedgerows and on the ground, while the council cleared the bloodied bird corpses from the road.
Officials have confirmed that about 200 starlings have died after they were found near the villages of Waterston and Hazelbeach, Pembrokeshire.
Bird expert Dominic Cousens, 59, told MailOnline: “They were probably scared of something, maybe a loud explosion.
“Something unexpected made them disorientated, and then they flew into something.
He added: “It is very strange. It is very strange. It’s not something that’s easy to explain.
“It could be some kind of misfortune. They could do something stupid. They are not perfect. These are all speculations.