Video: Breathtaking Beauty of Starlings Symphony in the Sky
keep an eye on someone or something: watch someone or something carefully
Imagine thousands of birds flying together, forming beautiful shapes in the sky. This is what starlings do. This breathtaking display is called a murmuration because it sounds like a murmur.
Why do starlings do this? Scientists believe it’s for safety and warmth. When starlings group together, it’s harder for predators like owls to catch them. Also, sharing body heat helps them stay warm.
Murmurations can have up to 750,000 birds flying up to 80 km per hour. So how do they move so well together? Each starling keeps an eye on seven others and follows their movements. In this way, the movement of one can smoothly ripple through thousands of its neighbors. This teamwork has no leader but creates a spectacular show.
Watch Danish photographer Søren Solkær capture this symphony in the sky in the video below.
1. When we go to the beach, I always keep an eye on my little brother to make sure he’s safe.
2. Mrs. Smith asked me to keep an eye on her plants while she’s on vacation.
3. In the museum, the guards keep an eye on the paintings to protect them.
Why do flocks of birds swoop and swirl together in the sky? A biologist explains the science of murmurations”