Flight of the Starlings: Watch This Eerie but Beautiful Phenomenon | Short Film Showcase
National Geographic
We know a lot of factual information about the starling-its size and voice, where it lives, how it breeds and migrates-but what remains a mystery is how it flies in murmurations, or flocks, without colliding. This short film by Jan van IJken was shot in the Netherlands, and it captures the birds gathering at dusk, just about to start their "performance." Listen well and you'll be able to hear how this beautiful phenomenon got its name.
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A film by Jan van IJken / www.janvanijken.com
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Flight of the Starlings: Watch This Eerie but Beautiful Phenomenon | Short Film Showcase
National Geographic

  • Kenya Middleton
    Kenya Middleton

    I had this in the back of my building it sounds like a forest with rain of birds very loud i have a video on my phone of recording it it was creepy to me

  • Kathryn

    Richard Dawkins brought me here

  • Jellyf0x

    So that's where the suet balls have gone.

  • BullToTheShit

    Amazing the cooperation or teamwork (or whatever you want to call it) to avoid predators.

  • Rational Muslim
    Rational Muslim

    Do they not see the birds controlled in the atmosphere of the sky? None holds them up except Allah . Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe. QURAN 16:79

  • Deas Fenderson
    Deas Fenderson

    This happens by my house every day at the same time... I been trying to find out what going on here 😊

  • Sharperstream 34
    Sharperstream 34

    My mom would have a heart attack if she saw this IRL (she's deathly afraid of birds!)

  • Nirvana


  • Shakuntala Livneh
    Shakuntala Livneh

    Do they share one mind or what?

  • reesa beee
    reesa beee

    That was astonishing

  • Gita Sari Zulaifah
    Gita Sari Zulaifah

    This is totally not beautiful.. This is big bad sign for your region.. Bewared..

    • Shakuntala Livneh
      Shakuntala Livneh

      Why Gita?

  • bridge4

    So sick

  • Charlotte McAndrew
    Charlotte McAndrew

    it sounds like da s=c

  • I Love Arrma
    I Love Arrma

    Plot twist: It's a rehearsal, They were shooting a scene for "The day the Earth Stood Still Part 2".

  • p0312y


  • Kim AndGetMe
    Kim AndGetMe

    What specific species of starling are these?

  • M L
    M L

    imagine a tiny gopro positioned on one of their heads lol

  • Shannon Swartz
    Shannon Swartz

    This is breathtaking to see in real-life...my kids are always terrified, though...it reminds them of the carnivorous alien-birds in "Pitch Black"...their fears are not entirely unfounded once you see it!

  • Phoenix

    The birds are legitimately the water

  • DynamicalNAV 1
    DynamicalNAV 1

    I love this! Need to find mathematical modelling of this.

  • Grant Marshall
    Grant Marshall

    The person filming this probably just washed her car.

  • Goose Creeker
    Goose Creeker


  • Francesa S
    Francesa S

    "The seven heavens and the earth and whatever is in them exalt Him. And there is not a thing except that it exalts [ Allah ] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting. Indeed, He is ever Forbearing and Forgiving." Qur'an - 17:44 سورة 17، ايه 44 : "تُسَبِّحُ لَهُ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتُ ٱلسَّبۡعُ وَٱلۡأَرۡضُ وَمَن فِيهِنَّۚ وَإِن مِّن شَيۡءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمۡدِهِۦ وَلَٰكِن لَّا تَفۡقَهُونَ تَسۡبِيحَهُمۡۚ إِنَّهُۥ كَانَ حَلِيمًا غَفُورٗا"

  • AppleJack Jackio
    AppleJack Jackio

    Collective hive mind mentality. Individualism is harmful for a social-structured organism. Personal freedom is an Utopia.

  • M.Panja Jug
    M.Panja Jug

    wonderful life

  • M.Panja Jug
    M.Panja Jug

    so wunderschön diese Vögel.

  • Welimurad Saidnazar
    Welimurad Saidnazar

    Allah swt made everything so beautiful subhanallah

    • cricket SK
      cricket SK


  • Sean Dunn
    Sean Dunn

    So beautiful! I see that there are 101 dislikes for this, really??? 😂 must be tough to be so miserable ay

  • Mari Semeur
    Mari Semeur


  • Mayara Vasconcelos
    Mayara Vasconcelos

    there is a song that has this same video in it, does anyone know the name of the song?