Birds ‘dropping dead in alarming numbers’ in New Mexico

An unprecedented number of birds are dropping dead in New Mexico. According to multiple sources, there are possibly hundreds of thousands of dead birds dying across the state and wildlife experts are unsure why.

Martha Desmond, a professor at NMSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology tells KOB News:

“It appears to be an unprecedented and a very large number. It’s very difficult to put a finger on exactly what that number is, but I can say it would easily be in the hundreds of thousands of birds.”

There is some speculation that a recent cold snap in the area could be to blame, or perhaps the effect of the smoke from wildfires raging across the west coast. Desmond said:

“It can be related to some of the drought conditions. It could also be related to the fires in the west. There may have been some damage to these birds in their lungs. It may have pushed them out early when they weren’t ready to migrate.”

As reported by CNN, migratory birds, including warblers, bluebirds, sparrows, blackbirds, the western wood pewee and flycatchers, have also been found dead parts of Texas, Colorado and Mexico. People who have observed the birds before they died have noticed odd behavior, including lethargy and scavenging on the ground for bugs.

Dead birds are being sent for necropsies to help determine the exact cause of death.

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2 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    Imho it is the terrible air. Perhaps the bids’ lungs are damaged and they can’t fly well or have no energy to fly, feed & die as a direct result…….

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