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Jan 4, 2011 10:03 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP

500 birds found dead in Louisiana

LABARRE, La. (AP) - State biologists are trying to determine what killed an estimated 500 birds that littered a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Point Coupee Parish.
The birds included red-winged blackbirds and starlings.
Monday's discovery along Louisiana Highway 1 came just three days after more than 3,000 blackbirds fell from the sky in Beebe, Ark. Authorities say examinations showed those birds suffered
internal injuries that formed deadly blood clots.
Louisiana state biologists are sending some of the birds found
at Labarre to laboratories in Georgia and Wisconsin for testing.
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