Upward of 10,000 birds have been found dead at the Miankaleh peninsula, situated on the Caspian Sea shore in north-east Iran, in recent days.
According to Hossein-Ali Ebrahimi, head of Mazandaran province's department of environment, the corpses involve many different species, including Greater Flamingos, as well as ducks and grebes.
Ebrahimi noted that a group of experts from Iran's Department of Environment (DoE) has been sent to Mazandaran province to investigate the cause of the migratory birds' deaths. The carcasses were being collected for testing, with most being buried with sanitary precautions taken.
He said the DoE has banned hunting of migratory birds in the eastern parts of the province, where Miankaleh is located, until the investigations are carried out, adding that in order to maintain human health, the sale of any migratory birds in nearby cities would also be suspended until the exact cause of the deaths is known.