Where Do Birds Go To Die? Explained In Detail

Where Do Birds Go To Die

Spotting the birds alive is common and we often see them every day. But it is rare to see the dead birds.

Most species of birds can live for only a few years in the wild as it is the rate for them to die of natural causes alone.

These reasons may include predators, lack of food, hard weather conditions, accidents, or any other cause. But death from old age is generally rare among the bird species. 

When it comes to the small birds, these bird species are very crucial for the food chain as their diet includes small amphibians, insects, and other invertebrates.

The small bird species are often predated by many other bird species or mammals. 

Due to this, these birds produce more eggs as only a few can survive to adulthood because of predators.

They breed after their first year if they survive the winter season. When the birds feel sick they seek out the places that are out of the way. 

The birds go to the ground or try to hide in a secluded spot. This bird feels much more vulnerable and they take a chance to rest and recover.

But if they happen to die in that location, there are fewer chances that they are found. 

The scavengers and predators like rats, cats, and foxes can seek out these hideouts and often feed on them. Due to this, it becomes rare to find the remains of the dead birds.

When a predator doesn’t manage to find the bird, the body of the bird gets decomposed rapidly as they have light body mass. Here, the insects cover the dead body and the remains decay rapidly. 

Facts About Birds Lifespan

In this world, there are hundreds of bird species among which some are even extinct.

The death of the birds is often because of human interventions or predator interventions. But sometimes their cause of death is their lifespan.

However, the lifespan of birds can vary as per the habitat as their lifespan is less in wild as compared to captivity. Here are some of the birds and their lifespan. 

Bird SpeciesLife Expectancy ( In Wild)
Laysan Albatross65+ years
Arctic Tern34 years
Brown Pelican27 years 10 months
Great Horned Owl27 years 7 months
Mute Swan26 years 9 months
Red-tailed Hawk25 years 9 months
Great Blue Heron23 years 3 months
Sandhill crane18 years 6 months
Northern Cardinal15 years 9 months
American Robin13 years 11 months
House Sparrow13 years 4 months
Wild Turkey12 years 6 months
Killdeer10 years 11 months
Eastern Bluebird10 years 5 months
Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds9 years 
Mourning Dove19 years 3 months
Blue Jay16 years 4 months
White-crowned Sparrow13 years 4 months
Brown Thrasher12 years 10 months
Wrentit12 years 7 months
Common Murre26 years 5 months
Trumpeter Swan23 years 10 months
Bald Eagle21 years 11 months
Black-capped Chickadee12 years 5 months 
Peregrine Falcon12 years 3 months
Sanderling12 years 1 month
American Kestrel11 years 7 months
Song Sparrow11 years 4 months
Tree Swallow11 years
Black-and-White Warbler11 years 3 months
Dark-eyed Junco10 years 9 months
Broad-tailed Hummingbird11 years

Many other bird species vary as per their habitats, diet, colors, calls, and other variations. The cause of death can be different for every bird including accidents, predators, hunting, and more.

But their remains may get consumed by the insects, rodents, or any other predators due to which it is rare to discover their remains. 

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