"It was always assumed that V-formation flight was learned from the adult birds. But these guys are all the same age and they learned to fly from a human in a microlight. They learned V-formation flying from each other
. National Geographic reports on some of the fascinating intricacies of the V formation observed in migrating birds.
is a professor of film and animation at RISD
whose most recent work, titled Small Brains on Mass
, looks at bird behavior, particularly how they interact when flying in groups. To better understand how flying as a flock is achieved, Hlynsky filmed the birds and then stacked the images on the same frame for a set number of frames
, the results show each bird’s flight as a trail, but synchronized with the flock. The results are often pure poetry
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Staying_On-Topic in r/intelligentanimals posts a huge number of links explaining why Corvids (crows, ravens, magpies, etc) are amazing.