BIRD PLAGUE: Mystery as hundreds of birds found dead
on pavements after falling from the sky ‘like rain’ leaving
HUNDREDS of birds have been found dead on pavements
after falling from the sky “like rain” in Spain.
The birds plummeted onto cars with some even hitting
locals outside the Hospital Ribera Juan Cardona in the
city of Ferrol at around 9am on November 26.
At the time, it was thought that the birds were probably
electrocuted or had died of avian flu, however, both
causes have now been ruled out by the investigating
authorities – leaving locals baffled.
According to the news site 20 Minutos, 127 dead
specimens and a few surviving birds were sent to the
Oleiros Wild Fauna Recovery Centre in the city of A
Coruna for tests.
The report said the surviving birds were found in a
“decayed state” and had an “incapacity to fly” with
trauma evident on their wings and legs.
Due to the condition of the surviving starlings, “they were
treated with nutritional supplements and treatment of the
To determine if the birds were poisoned, samples were
taken for the “toxicological analysis of brain, heart, lung,
trachea, kidney and intestine” tissues which are currently
However, experts concluded that the deaths could not
have been caused by bird flu because they “cannot be
related to a viral, bacterial or parasitic infection” – and
electrocution was also ruled out.
It comes after hundreds of ravens died and plummeted to
earth in front of shocked villagers in “apocalyptic” scenes
in Russia in September.
According to local residents, the village “was strewn with
black bird bodies” in Ust-Tarka, Novosibirsk Region.
Bezformata reported that seeing dead birds fall from the
sky has “caused anxiety among residents”.
Sergei Kuzlyakin, chief physician of the Ust-Tarksk
veterinary department, told local media that tests have
been carried out to establish the cause of the mass bird
He noted that other birds and animals had apparently not
been harmed, only the ravens – hundreds of the species in