• Bird murmuration is a phenomenon in which a large flock of birds fly together.
  • Closely-knit, the formation is fluid, and looks like one gigantic creature with a mind of its own.
  • The murmuration he saw consisted of 4,000 to 5,000 Rosy starlings.
  • They were in the formation for almost one-and-a-half minutes.
  • The murmuration was like a giant elastic band.
  • The birds drew close, grew apart, drew close, grew apart till they finally dispersed like dust.
  • At that distance and given how small Rosy starlings were, Munish couldn’t see them once they all parted ways.
  • Birds gather to form murmurations for two reasons.
  • One, they see protection in numbers. They group together to protect themselves from attacks by hunter birds such as falcons and harriers.
  • And two, the formation is a communication tool.
  • Once they’ve conveyed what they want to, the birds disperse
  • Hundreds of lesser flamingoes had flown in from Gujarat and were there to roost.
  • They feed with their bills upside down.
  • They bend it such that their lower bill is positioned on top and the upper bill is at the bottom.
  • This filters the food.
  • With maroon-coloured bills, long, deep-pink feet and baby pink body, lesser flamingoes are smaller than the greater flamingoes, seen commonly at Pulicat.
  • The birds will leave by the end of March or the first week of April, once summer sets in.