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Starling murmuration: learned or inherited

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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 14:08   #1
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Starling murmuration: learned or inherited

Is it known whether young starlings are born with the ability to fly in formation with others, or do they learn it from other starlings?
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Innate, I would have thought, though I doubt there’s much solid evidence one way or the other on the subject. Dto with respect to the synchronized flight of sandpipers.
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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 18:47   #3
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Thanks. I was looking for some socially learnt activity of birds which looks good on the photos (for a talk).
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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 22:05   #4
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Hi Fugl,

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Innate, I would have thought, though I doubt there’s much solid evidence one way or the other on the subject. Dto with respect to the synchronized flight of sandpipers.
It seems computer science has taken an interest in flock behaviour, which can be simulated by an algorithm applying three simple rules:

http://www.red3d.com/cwr/boids/

Here's a video showing the rules in (smooth) action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbUPfMXXQIY

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Check out this link: Interesting

https://www.audubon.org/magazine/win...181000_fb_link
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Wow, some of those photos are really stunning. . ..
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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 22:48   #7
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Hi Henning, thanks for the link! Very interesting. As for the original question, maybe born with an innate ability to learn!
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