Mystery Surrounds Dead Birds On Staten Island

Last week, dozens of dying birds fell to the ground in a Staten Island neighborhood, and officials say they don’t yet know what caused it. The dead birds have been sent for testing but findings have not yet been released.


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Residents and city officials say roughly 40 to 50 black birds were seen tumbling from the sky, flailing on the ground and expiring on a street near Great Kills Harbor around 3 p.m. Friday. Fire Department Battalion Chief John Giacella says firefighters arrived to find the creatures “floundering and foaming at the mouth.”

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Sightings of dead birds in Staten Island’s Great Kills and Eltingville neighborhoods have continued through this morning.

From The Gothamist

On Friday, dozens of birds fell out of the sky and died on a street in the Great Kills section of Staten Island. Residents grew concerned as, the Staten Island Advance reported, birds “flopped and twitched…as they breathed their last” (video here). One resident said the birds were flying “as if they were drunk” before falling to the ground.

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