Birds Aren't Real: The Hot New Conspiracy Theory Taking America By Storm

James Felton

James Felton

James Felton

James Felton

Senior Staff Writer

James is a published author with four pop-history and science books to his name. He specializes in history, strange science, and anything out of the ordinary.

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JFK meeting a robot bird

JFK meeting a robot bird. We've put a circle around someone in the background, as this is the correct etiquette when discussing conspiracy theories. Image credit: Public domain via John. F. Kennedy presidential library and museum.

The group "birds aren't real", who claim that birds are no longer real, have conducted a rally in the US, in the hope of converting others to their views.

For those uninitiated, the birds aren't real movement claims that birds were once real but have now been replaced with drones by – you guessed it – none other than Barack Obama, back in 2001. The new robot birds are used to monitor Americans, according to the conspiracy theory.


"Where it all began. October 26th, 2001," account Birdsarentreal wrote on Instagram, underneath the compelling evidence above. "The day the deceitful and wicked Patriot Act was passed by congress. I can't watch these horrific videos in public, I tremble uncontrollably with rage. I sob. I can't keep quiet.

"After the government killed off the last real bird in 2001, they released the beta versions of the first prototype bird drones, as shown in these tapes. WHAT A COINCIDENCE that on October 27th, 2001, PEARL HARBOR happened. Yet no one seems to draw the correlation. Sheep.

"Call me misinformed, call me stupid, call me under-educated, I don't care. Just because I didn't go to 'high school' doesn't mean that I'm any less intelligent. I just haven't been brainwashed and institutionalized like you all. I know that I am #WOKE and one day you all will see."

Despite the obvious absurdity of the premise, the movement has a lot of supporters both online and offline. The rally, which took place in Springfield, Missouri, was attended by a large number of people, given that they were there to spread the word that birds are robots.


The movement joins "Australia isn't real" in the list of conspiracy theories we are 99 percent sure are satire of flat-Earthers etc, but probably have a few real people convinced too.

First conceived (or unearthed, depending on whether or not you believe birds are robots and everyone is in on the lie) by a college student in 2017, the conspiracy theory claims that in the 1950s the CIA was faced with two problems:

1) how to surveil the entire US population

2) how to stop birds poopin' on their fancy CIA cars


The solution may seem obvious in retrospect, but it was, of course, to replace the birds with tiny robot drones to listen into our every conversation. 

"In a stolen transcript from an ex-CIA deputy, she says, "yeah, the higher-ups were so annoyed that birds had been dropping fecal matter on their car windows that they vowed to wipe out every single flying feathered creature in North America," Birds Aren't Real write on their website (which is well worth checking out for entertainment value).

In 1969, John F. Kennedy was assassinated for opposing the plan, the theory continues, after seeing a prototype of a "Turkey X500" robot, which would slaughter the real birds ready for replacement. Following several trials and upgrades, the birds were finally released in 2001 by Obama, because that's the kind of thing he does in conspiracy theories. 

The birds aren't real movement are currently being filmed for a documentary series, which will either be quite amusing or blow the doors off of a worldwide conspiracy. Only time will tell.

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