Incredible Flight of the Starlings

We know a lot of factual information about the starling, its size and voice, where it lives, how it breeds and migrates, but what remains a mystery is how it flies in murmurations, or flocks, without colliding. This short film by Jan van IJken was shot in the Netherlands, and it captures the birds gathering at dusk, just about to start their “performance.” Listen well and you’ll be able to hear how this beautiful phenomenon got its name.