Nature

Starling Aerial Acrobatics

Clip: Season 1 | 1m 30s

Each winter evening, attracted by the heat of the city, 5 million starlings stream into Rome. Before the birds roost, their maneuvers create mesmerizing aerial displays. These flying formations help the starlings confuse an attacking peregrine falcon. To achieve synchronicity, each bird shadows seven of its nearest neighbors. Their reflexes react 10 times faster than any human pilot.

Aired: 09/18/13

Expired: 03/01/17

Rating: NR

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