If you're like me, you only learned the delightful word murmuration—the term for a group of starlings, used especially when a flock is seen in the kind of flight formations filmed above—a little over a year ago, when a gorgeous web video of such formations went viral.
Murmurations of Starlings
Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:20 AM
Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:00 PM
Schrampfer Azar - Understanding and using English grammar. Publisher Mary Jane Peluso - Longman 1999. I do recommend it to the serious student of English!
Thanks, Dirac, for making me smile!
Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:16 PM
Thanks, dirac, for the Wikipedia list of collective nouns. i have seen 'clouds' of bats, also at nightfall, and now know what to call them.
Posted 25 October 2014 - 04:29 AM
As well as mapping when and where they happen, the team wants to explore why this aerial ballet takes place.
One long-standing but unproven idea is that the dramatic, rippling shapes help save the starlings from bigger birds trying to eat them.
Posted 25 October 2014 - 08:15 AM
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