Was the video of crows flocking roads and buildings from Japan?


Crows! Kyoto, Japan

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A 6-second video clip showing flocks of crows covering the roads and buildings is shared widely with the claim that the video was captured in Kyoto, Honshu, Japan. Some of the posts with such a claim can be seen here, here, here, and here.

It was also mentioned in some posts that the same behaviour was previously seen in Ukraine, the US, and Turkey. These posts are shared in the context that Japan is about to experience something bad.

Times Now also published an article on 14, February 2023 with this video clip mentioning that thousands of crows flock streets of Japanese Island. The archived link can be seen here.

What is the truth?

This article is originally published by Youturn in Tamil on 18, February 2023.

When reverse searching the keyframes of the viral video, a 26, January 2023 dated article on Netnoticias website is found carrying matching visuals from the viral video. This article is titled ‘The apocalypse! Hundreds of birds invade houses in Mexico’. In addition to the images, the article also has a TikTok video with matching visuals from the viral video.

With further search, another video from the same location and time is found published on 30, January 2023 on the MSN website. One of the cars seen in this video has mentioned ‘Guanajuato CPJ-143-E’ on its number plate.

When searching with the keywords ‘Guanajuato CPJ’ as mentioned in the number plate, it is found that the car belongs to Guanajuato city of Mexico.

Earlier it was circulated that strange behaviour of birds was found before the earthquake in Turkey. Youturn fact-checked and published an article on the false claim.

Does the video show strange behaviour of birds before the earthquake in Turkey?


It is found that the video of crows flocking roads and buildings taken in Mexico is falsely shared as a visual from Honshu, Japan.

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