Category Archives: Flock

Heterogeneous Structure in Mixed-species Flocks

Flocks of birds in flight represent a striking example of collective behaviour. Models of self-organization suggest that repeated interactions among individuals following simple rules can generate the complex patterns and coordinated movements exhibited by flocks. However, such models often assume … Continue reading

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Flock Murmurations – How Just One Bird Can Urge an Entire Flock to Change Directions

The equations that describe these movements are equivalent to those that govern waves. Cavagna was hardly the first scientist to be intrigued by these acrobatics—known, in a rare instance of technical language coinciding with poetry, as “murmurations.” Other animals that … Continue reading

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Collective Information Processing and Pattern Formation in Swarms, Flocks, and Crowds

The spontaneous organization of collective activities in animal groups and societies has attracted a considerable amount of attention over the last decade. This kind of coordination often permits group-living species to achieve collective tasks that are far beyond single individuals’ … Continue reading

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Diffusion in starling flocks

Flocking is a paradigmatic example of collective animal behaviour, where decentralized interaction rules give rise to a globally ordered state. In the emergence of order out of self-organization we find similarities between biological systems, as bird flocks, and some physical … Continue reading

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Macrowikinomics Murmuration

This is a piece of work that cannot be either liked, nor disliked. The imagery and music tie in together to make a perfect piece, if not for the slanderous commentary stating that not just these birds, but all birds, … Continue reading

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