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Wildlife specialists in western Sweden say that nearly an entire flock of 80 Bohemian Waxwings, a starling-sized bird common to the region, died on Sunday after colliding with glass sound barrier -- one of the worst incidents of this type in recent memory.

Kirsten Ekholm, who runs a bird rehabilitation center nearby, calls the mass-death "awful and tragic", but also avoidable with more avian-friendly infrastructure.

"This is nothing new," Ekholm says. "We've known about this for years. Birds can't see the glass and fly to their deaths. And if you build glass walls and then plant fruit trees there, you're just luring them to a deathtrap."

[Via The Local]