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Birds of a feather flock left or right

Birds of a feather flock left or right

Media issued by The University of Queensland

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision Science and the Queensland Brain Institute have discovered how flocks of birds navigate difficult environments, with individuals predisposed to favour the left or right side.

The research—supported by an ARC Discovery Projects grant and ARC Centre of Excellence funding—sheds light on how birds fly in flocks without colliding with each other.

The study found that budgerigars displayed an individual bias to fly to either the left or the right of objects—this inbuilt bias allows flocks to quickly navigate past obstacles by splitting up and not slowing down due to crowding.

 

Image Credit: Rajukhan Pathan Pexels

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