Aflockalypse: Mass Bird Deaths?

In recent days thousands of birds have suddenly and inexplicably died in the United States and other parts of the world.

The mass bird deaths include: five thousand blackbirds in Arkansas. One hundred pelicans near Jacksonville, North Carolina. Three hundred doves in Italy. Seventy bats in Tucson, Arizona.

And the latest incident, more than 80 pigeons have keeled over and died at a farm near Quebec City for unknown reasons.

I noticed the phenomenon has been called an Aflockalypse. What is going on and why the mass bird deaths?

asked by Liza in Other - Pets & Animals | 4010 views | 01-08-2011 at 02:39 AM

I think the term Aflockalypse was created by an editor at the Washington Post.

Ornithologists believe the birds were frightened during the night, perhaps by fireworks, and died after colliding with something.

Of course that doesn't explain all the other animal deaths but it's a start.

Preliminary lab results show the blackbirds that fell from the sky in central Arkansas died from blunt force trauma.

Speculation on the causes of the US bird deaths has ranged from fireworks, the weather, noxious fumes or a sonic boom. So far nobody knows the real answer.

answered by Ron | 01-08-2011 at 02:40 AM

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