Starlings

by Kiko Matsing

Note: Archived from 2009

Last July, I found a video on Yahoo about “strange” bird formations in Denmark, where a huge flock seemed to act like a single organism, undulating in the sky: forming, splitting, reforming like an amoeba that is motile through projections of its protoplasm. It turns out that this example of spontaneous order in nature, of how simple flight traffic rules can give rise to complex group behavior, abounds everywhere in YouTube as well:

Other bird videos:

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