It's basically a mass aerial stunt - thousands of birds all swooping and diving in unison. The Science Of Starling Murmuration : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture There's a science to the coordinated flight of starlings, says anthropologist Barbara … PUBLISHED: 09:40 24 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:25 24 November 2018 Greta Levy Only three simple rules enough to generate these synchronized flight patterns. It's completely breathtaking to witness. A “murmuration” of starlings, as this phenomenon is known, must be one of the most magical, yet underrated, wildlife spectacles on display in winter. A gathering of only a few of these speckled, iridescent-black birds isn’t a very alluring sight—particularly in North America, where these birds … But the second rule dictates that a starling must maintain a certain pattern of light and dark in its field of vision. They twist and turn and change direction at a moment’s notice. Perhaps you’ve seen this amazing video: Wired Magazine described murmuration like this: “Each starling in a flock is connected to every other. A murmuration of starlings is an amazing sight - a swooping mass of thousands of birds whirling in the sky above. Would you pull over your car just to watch some starlings? When a flock turns in unison, it’s a phase transition. Fly at the same speed, to stay close to your neighbours, and avoid obstacles. Video Bird lovers expected to flock to watch murmuration of starlings. The starlings in a murmuration seem to be connected together. Photo collage: European Starling by simonglinn via Birdshare; murmuration photo by ad551 via Creative Commons.