DEC 25, 2017 9:37 AM PST

Everything You Need to Know About Murmurations

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard


Murmurations are densely-packed flocks of tiny songbirds called starlings. Thousands of the birds can exist in a single murmuration, and they fly so close to one another that they form what looks like a fast-moving storm cloud in the sky.

Worthy of note, there are more than 120 known starling species. A single murmuration can have any mix of those 120 species, but they all interact with one another in the same way with flawless precision to form these incredible displays.

Murmurations have captivated some of the best minds in science and engineering, but no one has a perfect explanation concerning how these birds can fly this close to one another without colliding.

One theory is that each bird pays close enough attention to its neighbor in the sky that it can move in perfect rhythm. On the other hand, murmurations move in unpredictable ways, so it seems like a far-fetched idea.

Further research may help answer the ongoing questions regarding murmurations.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
MAR 23, 2020
Plants & Animals
MAR 23, 2020
These Monkeys Help Wild Deer Avoid Predators
There can be power in numbers, and deer are keenly aware of this. The bulk of wild deer like to travel in large herds be ...
MAR 24, 2020
Cardiology
MAR 24, 2020
Infection of The Heart
Inflammation of the heart muscle can affect the hearts electrical system. This can reduce the heart's ability to pum ...
MAR 31, 2020
Plants & Animals
MAR 31, 2020
This Spider Goes Fishing for Food
Most spiders are land animals, but the fishing spider tends to spend most of its time dwelling on watery surfaces. Fishi ...
APR 28, 2020
Plants & Animals
APR 28, 2020
Young Orangutans Must Learn a Lot Before Adulthood
Orangutans watch over their children for longer periods than any other primate besides humans. On average, most organs t ...
MAY 05, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAY 05, 2020
How Much Do You Know About the Moon?
There are literally dozens upon dozens of natural satellites orbiting the planets in our solar system, but only one of t ...
MAY 27, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAY 27, 2020
Unfavorable Weather Delays SpaceX's Historic Crewed American Launch
After officially receiving the green light from NASA to move forward with the first crewed space launch from American so ...
Loading Comments...