A systems interpretation for observations of bird V-formations.

  title={A systems interpretation for observations of bird V-formations.},
  author={Pete Seiler and Aniruddha Pant and J. Karl Hedrick},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  volume={221 2},
Birds in V formations are frequently observed and two main hypotheses have emerged to explain this particular geometry: (i) it offers aerodynamic advantages and (ii) it is used to improve visual communication. Both explanations require a bird to track its predecessor. However, most V-formations observed in nature are small and the distribution of wing-tip spacings has a large variation. This suggests that tracking the lateral position of the preceding bird is a difficult task. Control theorists… CONTINUE READING