A flock of drunk birds is terrorizing a small town in Minnesota — but police say they will sober up soon

Dan Kitwood / Getty ImagesBirds are getting drunk on fermented berries.
  • Drivers in Gilbert, Minnesota are coming under fire from inebriated birds.
  • Gilbert police were forced to release a statement asking residents not to call them about the drunken avifauna after several reports of them crashing into car windows.
  • Police Chief Ty Techar wrote in the statement that the cause of the birds “flying under the influence” was down to the early fermentation of berries in the area.
  • Techar reassured residents that the rowdy birds would soon sober up.

A flock of inebriated birds is causing chaos in a small town in Minnesota.

The Gilbert Police Department published a statement on Facebook on Tuesday after receiving multiple reports of tipsy avifauna floating around listlessly and crashing into traffic.

“The Gilbert Police Department has received several reports of birds that appear to be ‘under the influence’ flying into windows, cars and acting confused,” Police Chief Ty Techar wrote in the statement.

Techar explained that the cause of this occurrence was down to the premature fermentation of certain berries, which, in turn, was down to the early frost this year.

“It appears that some birds are getting a little more ‘tipsy’ than normal,” he added.

“Generally, younger birds’ livers cannot handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds.”

Techar said there was no need to call law enforcement about the birds and that they should “sober up” soon.


“Oh my! That explains all the birds bouncing off my window lately! Luckily only one has passed on,” one person commented.

“There goes the chance of any bird from Northern MN ever being on the Supreme Court,” another jibed.

Techar’s statement ended by joking that residents of the Minnesota town could call them if they saw “The Roadrunner jumping in and out of traffic on Main Street,” and “any other birds after midnight with Taco Bell items.”

The Washington Post reports that the incident in Gilbert is not an isolated one. The Post refers to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Ornithology, which found that “flying under the influence of ethanol had led to… birds’ deaths.”

Bird expert Matthew Dodder told The Post that the birds would be “flying kind of erratically.”

“We typically see them flying lower than usual through traffic. They’re just careless and they’re not looking for cars or other obstacles.”

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