murmuration


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murmuration

(ˌmɜːməˈreɪʃən)
n
(Zoology) a collective term for starlings

Murmuration

 of starlings: a flock—Lydgate, 1470.
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Noun1.murmuration - a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
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Pitched somewhere between Ricky Gervais and a TED Talk, he brings his latest show, Murmuration, to this year's Greater Manchester Fringe.
Amazing Starlings put on a display as they gather in murmuration
Even the text changes mysteriously to reflect its subject, like the word MurMurAtioN (all wavy like air moving), for a flock of starlings, which pulsated across the glowing afternoon sky.
Antelope thundering across an African plain; sardines swirling in a vigorous baitball; a murmuration of starlings in an evening sky--nature provides many examples of swarms of animals that somehow coordinate their movements with no apparent leader issuing orders.
(Shutterstock) 2 / 2 A murmuration of starlings in Jordan.
Starling murmuration at Gosforth Park nature reserve by Flickr group
Incidentally the word murmuration is the collective name given to this species of bird when performing their aerobatics.
The breathtaking sight, known as a murmuration, is made up of a huge flock of birds swirling around in a mass for up to half an hour before they finally swoop down to their roost site.
The presenter also recommends trying to find out online where the nearest Starling Murmuration is to you.
The natural phenomenon called a murmuration has become such a talking point in the town that people are now regularly making the journey to Blind Park to watch and film the soaring mass of hundreds of birds whirling in the sky above, swooping and diving in unison.
The amazing nightly sight of tens of thousands of the animals swooping and gliding in formation - called a murmuration - has put the area on the map.
EARLY one morning last week, just after dawn, I was privileged to witness one of the most fantastic displays from the natural world, a huge flight of starlings (sorry, I am not sure if the term "murmuration" only applies to the evening flight).