Starling Flocks Mesmerize in Coordinated Swarms

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Taken individually, the European starling appears to be a mundane species; the kind of bird that is present in backyards around the world, pecking at insects, darting from one place to the next.

But when these gregarious birds flock together, they form a swarm that is more reminiscent of the Smoke Monster from Lost than anything in the natural world.

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Image credit: Richard Barnes