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Bird experts left puzzled as birds fall dead from skies

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Monday, July 22, 2013
EXPERTS are looking for clues as to why common black kites are falling dead from north Queensland skies.

Black kites, also known as shite-hawks and firebirds, are medium-sized birds of prey and are among the few raptor species which gather in flocks.

 

Testing has so far excluded bird flu and Newcastle disease, both highly contagious viral infections linked to mass deaths of migratory wild birds, and transmissible to humans.

But the cause of the latest spate of deaths, possibly linked to a cross-border infection, is still a mystery.

 

Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/bird-experts-and-scientists-left-puzzled-as-birds-fall-dead-from-north-queensland-skies/story-e6frg6n6-1226681410308