Migrating Birds Flying in V-Formation Rotate Leaders to Conserve Collective Energy

February 3, 2015 9:04 PM

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When migrating in their signature V-shaped formation, birds diffuse a particular "social dilemma" by rotating the leader of the flock.

According to BBC News, an international team of scientists published a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the northern bald ibis. Rotation of leadership over the flock was also revealed to be a method to conserve energy, as leading can be taxing.

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