Watch as Hundreds of Birds Fall from the Sky and Die in Mexico

Experts believe they know what happened.

Disturbing footage was captured on CCTV camera as hundreds of yellow-headed blackbirds fell from the sky to their deaths. 

Video: Birds Fall from the Sky and Die in Mexico

The incident happened in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua on on February 7, 2022. 

The footage shows the moment when the flock of blackbirds seemingly fell from the sky. Theories immediately made rounds on the Internet as to why the birds died. 

According to Today, a local veterinarian suggested the birds could have inhaled toxic fumes or were affected by an overcharge in the electricity poles. But that does not explain why not all of the birds suffered the same fate. 

The incident was hauntingly similar to a scene in The Core (2003), in which hundreds of migratory birds began dropping from the sky as the earth’s magnetic field, which the birds use for navigation when migrating, was affected by the slowing down in the spinning of the planet’s core. 


Could something similar be happening now that caused the birds to fall? 

In 2020, a mass die-off of migratory birds occurred in the U.S., but circumstances surrounding that event were different. The die-off covered areas in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, and Nebraska.

But the 2020 die-off was attributed to the birds dying of exhaustion after rerouting their migration because of wildfires. 

Explanation for the 2022 Sudden Death of Blackbirds in Mexico

According to The Guardian, experts agreed the birds did not fall from the sky but actually crash-landed because they were being attacked by a predator from above, likely a hawk or a peregrin. 


Dr. Richard Broughton, an ecologist at the U.K. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, told The Guardian that although he could not see a raptor in the footage, he was 99 percent sure it was caused by a predatory bird.


“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,” said Broughton. “You can see that they act like a wave at the beginning, as if they are being flushed from above.”


This was echoed by Dr. Alexander Lees, a senior lecturer in conservation biology at Manchester Metropolitan University. “For my part and from one video and no toxicology, I’d still say the most probable cause is the flock murmurating to avoid a predatory raptor and hitting the ground,” he said

The yellow-headed blackbirds just failed to pull up in time. 

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A similar event was recorded in 2019 after a flock of 225 starlings crash-landed and died on an airport’s tarmac after being chased by predatory birds from above. 

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