Starlings Form Hypnotizing Murmurations

The more starlings in a murmuration, the more effective the group is at avoiding predators. The largest murmurations can contain thousands of birds. Scientists are still trying to figure out how the starlings communicate and coordinate their movements so that they don't run into one another, and hope to use murmuration research to manage other kinds of networks.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The larger the murmuration, the faster the group of starlings can respond to a threat. 01:00

  2. Video analysis has revealed that every starling in a murmuration interacts with about six or seven of its neighbors. 01:49

  3. Scientists still don't how how starlings use their senses to interact with each other so quickly and precisely. 03:01

Written by Curiosity Staff August 31, 2015