At least 15 Chinese bulbuls were found dead outside the Langham Place in Mong Kok on Wednesday morning, prompting shoppers to call the police to look into the incident, Apple Daily reported.
Personnel from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) as well as the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) went to the site to recover the dead birds and clean up the site.
The dead birds were also to be tested for avian flu, the report said.
According to AFCD staff on the site, the birds, which are common in the city, might have died after ramming into the mall’s glass wall, although further tests would have to be conducted.
Jocelyn Ho Pui-lam, an officer at the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, said small birds like Chinese bulbuls often mistake reflections on the glass as part of the real sky and fly straight toward it, resulting in their deaths.
However, she said it was not normal to see 15 birds dying at the same time.
She also suggested that the government refrain from using glass as noise barriers on highways as they may mislead birds just like glass walls of buildings do.
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