WATCH: Thousands of Birds Descend on Houston Shopping Center in ‘Terrifying’ Hitchcockian Footage

This flock of birds thousands-strong ‘terrified’ people in Houston (Image: Twitter / @BrettKHOU)

An incredible video has shown how thousands of birds descended on a carpark like a scene out of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror The Birds.

The inky-black birds were seen covering the tarmac, cars, shopping trolleys and flitting through the skies in Houston, Texas, US, in a way witnesses described as “terrifying”.

In the video, shared on Twitter on Saturday, a scared-looking woman can be seen running to the entrance of the supermarket while frantically waving her arms as if petrified that one of the animals will brush against her.

The army of birds – believed to be great-tailed grackles – can be heard calling to one another in high-pitched whistles and tweets as they rest on the ground.

According to local news sites, the spectacle happens every year when the birds migrate but some people insisted it was a “bad omen”.

“The end times,” tweeted one viewer solemnly.

A second person said: “Isn’t it some kind of omen?

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SOURCE: The Star, Sofie Jackson