Here, I relate what the journalist said in his article “Les oiseaux, victimes directes des insecticides néonicotinoïdes”. All quotes, originally in French, were translated by me.
As part of a phyto-pharmacovigilance program piloted by ANSES, researchers led by Florian Millot and Elisabeth Bro have “reviewed 101 outbreaks of wild bird mortality, totaling more than 730 dead animals” between 1995 and 2014. They observed the implication of imidacloprid and, in 70% of the cases, the researchers “consider probable the causal link with the death of the animals. “
This mainly affects grain-eating insects, which would poison themselves by eating seeds coated with NNI. However, as the surveillance network is not systematic, “the extent of this poisoning remains an open question. “