Birds Swap Leading Role in V-Formation Every Few Seconds, Study Shows

February 4, 2015 1:50 PM

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Scientists found that migrating birds flying in V-formation usually take turns at having the leading role in the flock. Researchers explained that the birds save a lot of energy by doing so, which can prove vital during strenuous, long-distance migrations.

Bernhard Voelkl, lead author of the study on migrating birds’ flight patterns and biologist at the University of Oxford, said that humanity was fascinated by the V-formation of migratory birds since ancient times. But only recently studies shed more light on how exactly the phenomenon occurs.

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