In Rome there was a mass death of songbirds on New Year’s Eve.
Terrorized by the loud cracks and the fireworks on the terraces and balconies of the houses, starlings crashed in large numbers against the window panes of shops and apartments as well as against power lines and fell onto the streets. Hundreds of dead birds were picked up, especially in the area around Termini station, where many starlings hibernate.
Many migratory birds now overwinter in Italy
Due to the ever milder winters in Italy, many migratory bird species no longer migrate south, but stay in warm Rome. The animals overwinter in the trees of the Italian capital because they continue to find mosquitoes, flies and other insects for food in Rome.
Animal rights activists called for strict measures against the New Year’s Eve bang. “Even if a firecracker ban has been imposed in Italy, it is not observed. The result is that massive animals die every New Year’s Eve. Many pets are injured. This massacre must be put to an end, ”protested Massimo Comparotto, President of the animal welfare association Oipa.