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Scientists Study Flight Pattern of Rome's Starlings

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An article from the Global Post reviews how scientists are studying the mathematical precision of the flight pattern of Rome's starlings.

Global Post | December 3, 2009

An article from the Global Post reviews how scientists are studying the mathematical precision of the flight pattern of Rome's starlings.

The article notes that for a few hours after dusk, the sky above the city’s riverbank, piazzas and wealthy neighborhoods becomes plagued by thousands of European starlings zooming back and forth in fantastic tornado-like formations. Cacophonous calls echo throughout the city, as the dark-winged creatures soar through the air in syn.

Rome’s pedestrians, along with roads, cars and monuments, soon become targets for a storm of droppings.

For the past three years, biologist Andrea Buscemi and her crew of volunteer bird-busters have spent the month of November broadcasting distress calls throughout the greenest neighborhoods in Rome.

Click here to read the entire story.

Source: Global Post


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