Guest Post: Starling Murmuration, by Harmony Lu

Exploring the Phenomena of Starling Murmuration


Hello! You may be surprised to see so much text below, considering the fact that I just announced a brief hiatus! Well, you are in for a treat. My good friend, Harmony Lu, who is studying Geology-Biology at Brown, has written a captivating post on the mechanics behind large-scale bird flocking. Specifically that of starlings, who are capable of choreographing their flight to an astounding degree of synchronization. When they do this, the flock resembles an enormous, mutable cloud. As if the birds were listening to music at a frequency beyond our grasp, they coordinate their movements like synchronized swimmers, and the flock assumes different shapes and patterns on time. To see starling murmuration in action, make sure to watch the video at the bottom of the post.

When Harmony first discovered starling flocking, she asked the question that everyone would — “How do they do that??” — and…

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