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.
Murmurations: Spectacular Starlings Signal Winter Is On Its Way
Another murmuration of starlings. No one knows why they do it, yet each fall thousands of starlings dance in the twilight above Gretna, Scotland. The birds gather in magical shape-shifting flocks called murmurations, having migrated in the millions from Russia and Scandinavia.