Sengkang residents marvel as hundreds of peasant starlings gather and spin in a beautiful dance – Mothership.SG


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The migration season is coming to us again, and some Sengkang residents have had the good fortune to witness the amazing sight of some migratory birds.

Hundreds of birds flock to the sky

We witness a large flock of birds flying synchronously over an HDB block in a video he shared Shin Min Daily News.

Hundreds of birds were seen disintegrating and gathering in an enchanting formation as the flock swelled and merged in a series of twists.

Submitted by a reader, the video was reportedly taken on the evening of October 1 from Sengkang Block 318A Anchorvale Link.

Such a cluster of starlings is known as a murmur, which is probably performed by a migrant species known in this case as the Daurian starling.

Also noticed in Yishun

On the Facebook group “Bird Sightings,” user Richard Lee and other bird watchers also recently noticed a similar swarm of starlings on Yishun Dam and Yishun Street 22.

Lee said they arrived in the late afternoon, and the flock took root in a tall tree in the evening.

Photo courtesy of Richard Lee.

Photos courtesy of Richard Lee.

Daurian Starlings

Daurian starlings are also known as purple-backed starlings and are frequent visitors to Singapore at the end of the year.

Photo courtesy of Kenneth Cheong / FB.

Photo courtesy of Kenneth Cheong / FB.

They are found in eastern Mongolia, southeastern Russia, North Korea, northeast and central China, according to the Singapore Bird Project.

These migratory birds travel south to avoid the cold winter in the north, usually arriving in Singapore in September or October.

They tend to gather at dusk and create a murmur above their common place of refuge.

Why and how does this happen?

Although the display is impressive, starlings are most likely muttering to confuse predators.

Similar to a swarming fish, a complex and flawless flock pattern is formed due to the presence of a leader.

With some mathematical modeling, the researchers believe that birds engage in this collective behavior by simply coordinating their movements with the movements of their seven closest neighbors.

Simple rules create a complex and dynamic pattern.

In 2012, the Bird Ecology Study Group estimated that a flock of migratory starlings had between 30,000 and 50,000 birds and was able to record their flight and refuge in Yishun:

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