Shocking footage that shows hundreds of birds mysteriously crashing to the ground dead has sparked wild conspiracy theories.

The incident occurred on the morning of 7th February and the chilling footage of the flock falling to their deaths was captured on CCTV.

According to the local newspaper El Heraldo de Chihuahua, the carcasses of the birds were strewn across the street in Cuauhtémoc city. Some of the birds lie dead in the street, while others manage to fly away.

The birds in the footage, yellow-headed blackbirds, are migratory and travel south to Mexico and Central America for winter from Canada. When they migrate, they travel in large flocks. It is highly unusual for so many of them to fall out of the sky mid-flight.

The video, which was shared by multiple Mexican news outlets, has now gone viral. Many social media users were spooked by the footage, sharing their theories about what they thought happened to the birds online.

One user wrote: “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.”

It has also been suggested that they may have inhaled toxic smoke, or may have been electrocuted after standing on power lines.

Watch the video below (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT):

In another video, which was taken later in the day, you can see someone sweeping up the dead birds into piles so they can be hauled away to the trash pit.

‘AWM’ report explained further the possible cause of this bizarre incident:

According to a report published by the local paper El Heraldo de Chihuahua, a veterinarian who examined the birds believes they were thrust out of the air because something bothered them. They believe that the mass deaths of the birds might have been from inhaling toxic fumes. The vet suggested that this could have happened if a heater was polluting the environment. Another possible option for what happened to the blackbirds was that they could have been electrocuted if they were roosting on powerlines in the area – or they could have been too heavy for the powerlines and broke them.

Dr. Richard Broughton, an ecologist with the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, believes that a predatory bird probably forced the swarm of blackbirds toward the ground, which forced some to crash and die.

Sadly this isn’t the first time in recent weeks large numbers of birds have fallen from the sky.

Just last week in Wales, approximately 200 birds were found dead between Waterson and Hazelbeach in Pembrokeshire.

Watch it here: TheIndependent/Youtube

Source: AWM

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