Tue | Dec 7, 2021
Stranger than Fiction

Alcoholic birds make Texas headlines

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2021 | 12:55 AMBANG Bizarre

Migratory birds are getting drunk on berries in Texas.

The cedar waxwings return to the US state at this time every year but have caught the attention of residents after getting intoxicated on the fermented fruit.

The birds have been seen acting disoriented and flying into windows after eating the berries.

Biologist Rachel Richter told WFAA-TV: "Because they eat predominantly berries, sometimes they eat berries that have fermented and are a little bit past their prime.

"Sometimes they tend to overindulge a little bit, which can get them intoxicated."

Richter added that more birds are getting drunk than usual this year as humans stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She said: "Maybe this year people are staying home more so they're able to see them more."