Why Are The Birds Flying Drunk?

  • It's the berries, the boozy berries.

Wisconsin might be the state with the heaviest drinkers, but in Minnesota, even the birds are getting boozed. Here’s the story.

According to the police in the city of Gilbert, the birds there are getting krunk on the fermented berries.

The department posted a message earlier warning citizens that there were several reports that came in saying the birds appeared to be “under the influence.”  According to onlookers the birds were flying into windows and cars and acting confused.

The birds are getting drunk on the fermented berries they’ve been eating. The berries fermented early because the frost came early and now the birds are drunk. Ahh!


A self-described “bird guy,” Mathhew Dodder, from Palo Alto explained that since there’s no such thing as a birdie breathalyzer, you have to watch their in flight behavior to see avian intoxication.

“They’ll be flying kind of erratically,” he said. “We typically see them flying lower than usual through traffic. They’re just careless and they’re not looking for cars or other obstacles.”

Dodder says that robins, cedar waxwings and thrushes are the bird species most likely to fly tipsy since they are the ones that eat the most berries.

“They just get sloppy and clumsy,” Dodder said. “They have actually fallen out of trees on occasion.”

The post from the Gilbert Police Department said that the birds will be flying clean again soon once the fermented berries are eaten. They ask locals not to call unless they see “Angry Birds laughing and giggling uncontrollably and appearing to be happy” or “Tweety acting as if 10 feet tall and getting into confrontations with cats.”

The city is taken by drunk birds, take cover! No, but really. If you’re in an area with shifty, drinking feathered friends, stick decals to windows and doors so they know they shouldn’t fly through it. I mean, help a bird out if you can.


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