MDC Says Missouri Not Impacted By Mass Songbird Deaths

At least nine states and the District of Columbia have recently reported numerous reports of unexplained sick and dying songbirds.

To date, avian and wildlife health experts with the Missouri Department of Conservation have not received similar reports, and there are no other indications of unexplained death or illness in Missouri’s wild birds.

Wildlife officials in states such as Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, and Virginia have reported hundreds of dead birds.

The cause of death currently remains unknown, but symptoms have included crusty or puffy eyes, seizures, shaking, and other abnormal behavior.

Though many species have been affected, the most commonly reported species are fledgling common grackles, blue jays, European starlings, and American robins.

No human health or domestic livestock and poultry issues have been reported.

With no signs of sick and dying birds in Missouri, MDC officials are not recommending that bird feeders or waterers be taken down at this time.

For questions or to report groups of sick or dead birds, email [email protected].