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  • Sleepy Pup
    Sleepy Pup

    Am I insane or does he keep changing the title and thumbnail for this video

  • Jeff Smelling
    Jeff Smelling

    @SmarterEveryDay It felt like an eternity before you said the word murmuration... and didn't explain it. ;) There was a maths series by Marcus Du Sautoy on uk netflix called The Code where they examined this, and IIRC the birds only need to keep track of 5 neighbours for it to work.

  • Tony Rod
    Tony Rod

    0:57 "We're gonna see if we can see 'em" How is that redundancy !

  • Wayne Linn
    Wayne Linn


  • Robert Smith
    Robert Smith

    With chickens, I think any sudden movement from one, makes all the others do the same, I'm assuming this is the driving need for flocking, they respond that way because at least in chickens, it's easier to avoid danger, and they can come to where food is as quickly as possible as well. They always assume the one moving the most swift is going either to something or away from something.

  • Saif El-Din Ahmed
    Saif El-Din Ahmed

    In Qur'an, surah Al-Mulk verse (19): (أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا إِلَى الطَّيْرِ فَوْقَهُمْ صَافَّاتٍ وَيَقْبِضْنَ ۚ مَا يُمْسِكُهُنَّ إِلَّا الرَّحْمَٰنُ ۚ إِنَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ بَصِيرٌ) Do they not see the birds above them with wings outspread and [sometimes] folded in? None holds them [aloft] except the Most Merciful. Indeed He is, of all things, Seeing.

  • ohm5612

    he make everything looks interesting

  • abdulsalam yousif
    abdulsalam yousif

    The most intriguing thing about your videos is your never ending curiosity.

  • plixplop

    0:52 Dustin slips in a clip of Gus Johnson as a scientific experiment to see if anyone will notice

  • IAmAce2157

    I'd guess that the cranes fly the more the same direction compared to the small birds because their group average is less maneuverable, not because the biggest or slowest bird can only keep up at his own rate. That kind of behavior requires a conscious decision and therefore relatively high intelligence. I've read anecdotes of elephants acting this way but not of birds. As for the posit that the cranes follow the same model in a 2D variation it would be interesting to study with a drone! I'm sure you could write a PHD thesis comparing the two if you had enough data :)

  • IAmAce2157

    "picking birds on the fly" Destin with the dad puns! :)

  • Arn

    they are programmed by a mathematician, the creator

  • Carolina Angling. Co
    Carolina Angling. Co

    I watch the exact species of birds from my parents porch quite often. You always seem to break things down so well. This is a beautiful channel. All of your channels are! I'm always getting Smarter Every Day! 💪

  • Chas Son
    Chas Son

    Destin, this is about code. Do you know a person willing to change the code on my phone and apps? If I buy a piece of a paper I can do what ever I want with that piece of paper. If I buy a apple I have the right to cut out a bad spot of that apple and throw it away. I also have that same right to do with my phone as I please including software and apps. For example if there is bad code (spying code) I have the right to eradicate it. I have a Samsung phone and when it was new I couldn't use it if I didn't agree to Samsungs policy and that is a crime of coercion. I believe that tracking is a form of stalking and stalking is a crime. I believe that a persons property should work for them and not for somebody else or other companies. If you bought a new Ford pickup truck you would sue Ford if they expect you to haul for them. If you have a phone that phone works for the phone manufacturer and then the service provider then the apps and lastly it works for you and that is wrong. If I knew code I would have done it myself. Looking for help to fix this corrupt mess.

  • Saoirse OReilly
    Saoirse OReilly

    His kids response to asking her age was literally hilarious

  • khg624

    Pretty but invasive...

  • Hector

    for let boid of boids

  • melancholyflow

    _testing markups_ *testing markups*

  • Morgan W.
    Morgan W.

    Probably European Starlings. How such nasty, vile birds can present as beauty is beyond me. It is quite a bit less beautiful when you realize each and every one of them lives by actively destroying our native bird species. A true noble endeavor would be working to eradicate those particular birds from this continent. They should not be here. We have plenty of video of them, now let's get busy eliminating them. Kill a Starling, save a Blue Bird or a Woodpecker or a Swallow or a Purple Martin.

  • greg baker
    greg baker

    Is the statement it’s all just math not the perfect quote for the postmodern era? To confuse the real thing being modeled by a computer for the computer simulation itself, just perfect!

  • Ryan Harrell
    Ryan Harrell

    I remember watching Starlings swarm in Tennessee when I lived there. Glad I'm not the only one who gets excited about this stuff. Nature is so obviously designed by the Engineer.

  • Fülöp Eduárd
    Fülöp Eduárd

    There are no rules that dictate the movement of the entire flock. It's just a bird screensaver IRL.

  • Maxime Dur
    Maxime Dur

    Very cool and astonishing. Except that like many creators, you absultely want to spoil it with music. If you like this music or not, it has nothing to do with the images an is pure noise pollution, expecially with volume that sound engineer want i to be played to show the "power and quality" of their sound system. So, down thumb for this aspect, please allow us to freely appreciate the poetry of the air evolutions of these mobiles, whatever they are.

  • Devil3R

    Starlings. we call em Orb birds in Okla. you can drop 7 with one shot of 6...js

  • MarkoDarko Keano
    MarkoDarko Keano

    Ah for Flock sake

  • Aheli Poddar
    Aheli Poddar

    Wait that's a Fourier transformation model . Gotta buy it 😳❤️

  • Aheli Poddar
    Aheli Poddar

    When you learn something and you're so excited to share it among everyone!! Yes, there you go!!! I'm going gg. Thank youuuu. Maths is lifee

  • Shawn Nguyen
    Shawn Nguyen

    This probably applies to migrating herds and shepherds herding animals

  • W Lansky
    W Lansky

    Nature is so amazing

  • Tim Does Stuff
    Tim Does Stuff

    I've ALWAYS wanted to know about this! Waves of birds NOT crashing! Just Stunning.

  • Jonathan Bronco
    Jonathan Bronco

    I wonder if the same or similar principles would apply if you watched a crowd of humans in an unguided situation like exiting a music festival.

  • awsx

    Any numbers involved in nature's algorithms are prime. The same laws and ratios that align sunflower seeds will be surely be involved in some way to determine aspects of this flocking behaviour. Perhaps replacing the typical whole number slider for adjusting perameters with a fibonacci sequence slider or prime number slider would result in more accurate modelling attempts.

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  • Charles Georgette
    Charles Georgette

    The neat nitrogen wessely learn because forest distally knot worth a kindhearted caravan. scarce, infamous snake

  • Phoenix Vanguard
    Phoenix Vanguard

    Could it be that the smaller birds are often prey, and thus must hide in the flock to prevent predation, whereas the bigger birds are less concerned with being eaten and thus feel no need to constantly change direction?

  • Dickie Brewer
    Dickie Brewer

    Maybe you've already done this, but I could watch a whole episode of you working with your kids.

  • Vishal Yadav
    Vishal Yadav

    One parameter u missed was 3rd dimension....when the bords move towards or away from you they look denser......and less dense when they fly perpendicular to you vision. Add this to the simulation and it will look real.

  • Linda Dorsey
    Linda Dorsey

    Do they have a mate that they want to stay near?

  • Rya Lee
    Rya Lee

    What if I Were My Dog and My Dog Were Me? Designed to assist young writers in learning during the pandemic! Margaret Van Fleet.

  • Jan Kees
    Jan Kees

    Getting drunk after following a bird for a minute.....

  • Daniel DiBono
    Daniel DiBono

    1:53 I have no idea why the birds do this at this point. My mind just clicked to thinking the birds are following the air gusts that they feel. This in turn can guide the flock in general direction when they catch a consistent current or organize in a specific pattern. Edit; without research, my conjecture is that they resemble fluid flow because they are flying in a fluid.

  • Mary Lagua
    Mary Lagua

    😮 birds

  • Travis Pendell
    Travis Pendell

    "each bird is making a decision based on math". I don't think it's quite like that. The birds are following what they see, and the math just mimicks that.

  • Moses Thalluri U0112
    Moses Thalluri U0112

    13:27 Matthew 6:26 ❤️

  • collophonium

    what i actually learned from this is that crane might root from crane....

  • hoguesteele

    Ben eater is the greatest of all time. I love his videos

  • Steve Reid
    Steve Reid

    Is the boyd algorithm two dimensional?

  • CandC68

    1- I assume the math / behavior works for schooling fish also. 2- As this behavior has evolved of long periods of time, how is it supporting survival? 3- I used to walk to and from a train station when commuting. In the evenings I would see a bunch of birds doing this. But as the sun went down, they began pealing off from the mass and flew down the large chimney of an old house. Like watching sand in an hour glass. That they all fit in there was amazing.

  • Frank Talking Blackpool
    Frank Talking Blackpool

    I've filmed the Starlings in murmuration where I live. You are welcome to watch them fly in front of a full moon. Sadly I can't post a link to my channel but I'm not hard to find and they look cool.😀

  • Imam Ilham Khawarizma
    Imam Ilham Khawarizma

    144p: ????

  • ToxicPronoun

    “is this how birds work?” “possibly” me: birds are programmed confirmed

  • Nick diCicco
    Nick diCicco

    In the spring of 2020 i had to go spend a bunch of time on my family farm in Cherokee county AL. One of the most beautiful, fascinating things i have ever seen was the Cedar Waxwing migration. Large flocks landing in the fields eating dropped corn, soybeans, and whatever else. It's a curious thing to observe.

  • Marvin H
    Marvin H

    camera, screen, video rendering, eye-glasses, indoor lighting. aaaaah. no replacement for the 3D outside experience.

  • amui

    is dat vim i c :))

  • Gettin’ It Outdoors
    Gettin’ It Outdoors

    I feel like if he is as a hunter he would find out some way to kill a limit everyday or how to pull in a swamp donkey of a buck every year

  • Evan Fabri
    Evan Fabri

    Perhaps you could set a good example and drive an electric vehicle? Seems the footprint from your channel is high

  • FiveStarMan 94
    FiveStarMan 94

    Dude those birds fade in and out of existence , noice

  • DragonStorm1

    High level Noita wandmaking, deconstructed.

  • Sidi Mohamed Lehbib
    Sidi Mohamed Lehbib

    God's great

  • Victoria Eads
    Victoria Eads

    Starlings form murmurations during migration. They roost without nests during that time. In summer, though, the adults will nest and raise one or two rounds of nestlings. During that season they will often nest near other starlings, but in much smaller colonies than the migration murmuration. We had a family nest in the corner of our roof last summer. The funniest part of that was our peafowl. One of our young peacocks was very curious about the nest, and he would occasionally poke his head into the area where they were nesting. Momma starling DID NOT APPROVE 😂 Watching a little starling tell off a peacock easily 100xs her size, and watching him sheepishly back off, was PRICELESS!💜💜💜😂

  • Victoria Eads
    Victoria Eads

    Mmmmmmm murmuration.....

  • Ruben Verheij
    Ruben Verheij

    . (12:50) How [ an anarchist ] civilization can work

  • Maiar Ahmed
    Maiar Ahmed

    Great video, but It's not just math, it's God 😉

  • Satya Chandrark
    Satya Chandrark

    But why do they follow those 3 rules specifically ?

  • Aayan Pratim Deb
    Aayan Pratim Deb

    Just for the thumbnail

  • Jefferson

    So fish in a school works the same way right???

  • DAM 4216-8
    DAM 4216-8

    b I r b .

  • Aaron Seet
    Aaron Seet

    Where's the line of code to execute the WeAreTiredCanWeReturnToTheTreeToRest() function?

  • Aaron Seet
    Aaron Seet

    Next episode: How Do Hornets Work? "I love how they all buzz around me in unison when I approach their nest!"

  • Milkyway808 Stars
    Milkyway808 Stars

    How the birds work? IS IT THE SAME LIKE THE FISH? When they swimming..

  • South Seoul
    South Seoul

    what coding launguage do you use?

  • Kim Janssen
    Kim Janssen

    Bird to other bird: The trick is to fly into the center but avoid hitting other birds

  • Will Vogt
    Will Vogt

    Destin my friend from high school! And I love what you do and will always love Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.


    Ohhhhhhhh thats totally the logical parameters bugs follow when they swarm

  • Jonte on game
    Jonte on game

    look son flying math

  • Åshwin kc
    Åshwin kc

    These are just birds partying after a long day

  • Craig McVeigh
    Craig McVeigh


  • WMAaS

    Those birds are just hitting the gym ...

  • IM Channel
    IM Channel

    Welcome to my channel 2

  • Theophilus Jedediah
    Theophilus Jedediah

    My pop had a ‘whooping stick’ but I never saw a crane whoop someone!

  • Bettermetal830

    This is proof that birds are robots.

    • David Davids
      David Davids

      so many idiotCHILDREN, here

  • Ronnie SWH
    Ronnie SWH

    Wish I had the kind of friends you do

  • Jon Doe
    Jon Doe

    Why does it seem like sound is also a key factor into how these birds operate? I mean they start off in clumps and merge into a mass and sometimes disperse. That may have to do a number of things but could it be due to sounds as well? Could that be why they clump together?

  • Matthew Stout
    Matthew Stout

    I think that's called a murmuration isn't it?

  • Mark Demell
    Mark Demell

    Man will never figure out the creators creation ,we can try though.

    • darkisatari

      As Proverbs 25 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings [man] is to search it out.” So I think we can and are even expected to figure out more and more about the created world. Of course, the more we learn the more we realize is out there yet unlearned.

  • abdou palirmo
    abdou palirmo

    subhan allah ❤️

  • Богдан Благовирний
    Богдан Благовирний

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  • Kevin Button
    Kevin Button

    My question is what kind of batteries does the government use in birds asking for a friend

    • David Davids
      David Davids

      so many IDIOTS

  • Doggo uwu
    Doggo uwu

    bruh we all know birds arent real /s

  • Allan Rashid
    Allan Rashid

    Spot the beard growth

  • Lee Townsend
    Lee Townsend

    Something I’ve noticed recently is that when you drive past a cow pasture you’ll notice that all of the cows are facing or pointing in the same direction. Even when they are still they are all looking the same way

  • ✪ KnZ
    ✪ KnZ

    god is just playing dota and birds is meepo.

  • Zen

    Wrong. They’re controlled by the super surveillance hub at the NSA.

  • efjayadi

    Wait, i never seen this video before aaah.. new thumbnail!

  • biltongeater smith
    biltongeater smith

    You are now very boring my friend adios

  • Jonas Ens
    Jonas Ens

    Ben Eater has Akro Mils storage cabinets.

  • BrannDailor

    man, that must be like at least 10 birds. crazy

  • Jesse Sanders
    Jesse Sanders

    Could I say that the birds make decisions and we can model them with math?

  • developer nine
    developer nine

    It isn't they are making decisions *based* on math, it is that Math does in fact model what we see in nature. The reason math models what we do see things, and our brains work to generalize things. We do this all the time. Which is why we find models that describe what we see. What is amazing is that *our* design ... how we are built ... works to find these models all the time. When you see things like boids algorithm, or F=m*a ... or E=mc^2 ... we find the math model that works for the system. Why that is so neat to me is that it shows "we are fearfully and wonderfully made."