Fw: ABC News: Pigeon fast flyers lead the flock with speed

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Subject: Fw: ABC News: Pigeon fast flyers lead the flock with speed
From: Tom Wilson <>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:30:58 +0000
Saw this article on ABC on-line...of course one has to take into account that 
it might not take a great deal to be a pigeon that is slightly smarter than 
one’s peers...

Leading a flock is not a popularity contest if you're a pigeon: instead flocks 
follow fast flyers that know their way around, a new study has found.

Many birds travel in flocks, but the question of how they choose the leader has 
long puzzled scientists.

Now a team of researchers led by Mr Benjamin Pettit from Oxford University 
think they have the answer.

They fitted four flocks of 10 homing pigeons with small data logging backpacks 
and sent them on a series of group and solo flights.

These tracked not only the birds' skill in making a beeline for home, but also 
measured their ability to influence the flock's direction by recording the 
fractional time delays it takes one bird to react to another when flying 

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