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Dead birds found in Sweden, following incidents in Arkansas, Louisiana

Posted by Jason Tuohey  January 5, 2011 07:43 AM

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Reports of mass bird deaths are no longer an American phenomenon.

Between 50 to 100 jackdraws, black-plumed relatives of crows, were found dead on a Sweden street yesterday, according to The Local, an English-language news website based in the country.

A local veterinarian theorized the birds were scared and disoriented by fireworks and landed on a road, where they were killed by cars.

The incident follows the deaths of thousands of blackbirds earlier this week in Arkansas and Louisiana. The Arkansas deaths, like those in Sweden, were blamed on fireworks, while the birds in Louisiana were suspected to have been killed by power lines.

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