Old picture of birds in the middle of road shared as recent; here’s the fact check

Amid the nationwide lockdown, several pictures and videos have surfaced on the internet in which birds and animals have been seen making their way into cities, leaving their natural habitat. One such picture is doing the rounds on social media in which several peacocks, sparrows and parrots can be seen on a road. The claim is that they came out during the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 in India.

Several claims have been made with the picture. Some have claimed that the picture is from Ooty-Coimbatore road, while others have claimed that it is from Chandigarh or BHU.

At the time of filing this report, the above post was shared by over 4,200 Facebook users.

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above picture and found that the claims attached to it false.

On putting the picture through Reverse Image Search on Russian search engine Yandex, we came across the same video posted by a Twitter user on September 04, 2019.

According to the caption, the Twitter user @AyazBuriroPPP0 claimed that the picture is from Sindh, Pakistan.

Though NewsMobile cannot independently verify the origin of the picture, however, it is clear that the picture is old and it was clicked much before the lockdown was put into effect in India.

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