Bird deaths in Austin, Texas put down to parisites and the cold

To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Bird deaths in Austin, Texas put down to parisites and the cold
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 10:10:50 +1100
A&M Lab Finds Cause Of Mysterious Bird Deaths
CBS 42 Morning News Page

Bettie Cross
(CBS 42) AUSTIN The mystery of why dozens of birds died suddenly in Downtown Austin has been solved. The birds were found lying in the middle of Congress Ave. last week, raising concerns about public safety.

Last week grackles, pigeons and a few sparrows were laying dead all along Congress Ave. from the capitol to Cesar Chavez St.

Now doctors from Texas A&M University say parasites and cold weather are to 

Temperatures dropped from about 50 degrees to 40 degrees the night before the 63 birds were found dead.

In addition, pathologists found parasites in the birds' muscles, tissues and 

Autopsies on the birds showed none had eaten in the previous 24 to 36 hours, so that ruled out poisoning.

And the executive director of the Texas A&M laboratory said there are no toxins or public health concerns to be worried about.

The Austin city manager has been briefed on the A&M results. The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department will release the results complied from multiple tests related to the bird deaths Friday afternoon.


To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message: unsubscribe (in the body of the message, with no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Bird deaths in Austin, Texas put down to parisites and the cold, Terry Bishop <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU