Animal Behavior

Behavioral Ecology

Why do birds flock?

The old adage about “safety in numbers” certainly holds true for flocking birds and other social groups. Flocks, herds, schools, and others provide a refuge for the young and an antipredator advantage for all. In addition, the simultaneous movements of a large number of prey are apt to confuse predators and decrease the likelihood that they will capture any one individual.


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