A murmuration of starlings. A flock of starlings is called a murmuration, an apt word because the flocks move like a rumor pulsing through a crowded room. This is a particularly beautiful murmuration observed in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Starlings: Mapping and modelling the ballet of the skies
Individual starlings rotated through different positions in the flock, and the groups were packed more tightly in the middle. Most interestingly, every bird copied its direction only from its closest six or seven neighbours, no matter how closely packed they were. "That's quite unique in science - that's a really unusual kind of interaction," explained Prof Matthew Turner, a physicist at the University of Warwick who also studies flocking behaviour.
bird tornado. One of the most incredible occurrences in nature is a Murmuration of Starlings.
alain delorme captures the balletic murmurations of wild birds
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