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BirdNote: Pigeon Flocks Follow The Leader

Joe Chan

The flocking movements of homing pigeons are governed by a pecking order. Higher-ranked birds have more influence over how the flock moves.

Leading birds change directions first, and followers swiftly copy the leader's movements. And birds at the front of the flock tend to make the navigational decisions.

In other words, the pigeons follow the leader. Or leaders.