What is Birds Aren’t Real? Explained in Brief

Birds Aren’t Real is a humourous conspiracy theory that claims birds are actually drones used by the US government to spy on citizens. It was described by Rachel Roberts(journalist) in 2018 as “a joke that thousands of people are in on.”


History of Birds Aren’t Real

In January 2017, Peter McIndoe “on a whim” created the satirical conspiracy theory. McIndoe wrote “Birds Aren’t Real” on a poster and improvised a conspiracy theory among the counter-protestors as a “spontaneous joke” after seeing pro-Trump counter-protestors at the 2017 Women’s March in Memphis, Tennessee. A video of McIndoe marching went viral, sparking the satirical movement.

“I made a satirical movement a few months ago, and people on Instagram seem to like it a lot,” he wrote on Facebook in 2017. And he later denied writing the post, claiming it was written by a fired staffer, and did not admit that he did not truly believe the conspiracy until 2021.

What Do Birds Aren’t Real Movement Claims?

The movement claims that the federal government exterminated all birds in the United States between 1959 and 1971. And that they were replaced by lookalike drones used by the government to spy on citizens. The specifics of these theories, like actual conspiracy theories, are not always consistent. They claim that birds sit on power lines to recharge, that birds poop on cars to track them and that US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by the government because he refused to kill all the birds.


Some supporters have marched with signs that read “Birds Aren’t Real” and other similar slogans. In Memphis, Tennessee, a billboard with the same words was erected in 2019. Some supporters demonstrated this in front of Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco in 2021. They demanded that the company change its bird logo. MSNBC reported that the movement had hundreds of thousands of members by 2021.

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