A phenomenological model for the collective landing of bird flocks

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Abstract

A three-dimensional phenomenological model was developed to describe the collective landing of bird flocks. The employed individual based model included the landscape (as an external field) and a continuous internal variable G, to characterize the landing intent of the birds. The birds' interaction with the landscape was coupled adaptively to their landing intent. During the flight, a sharp crossover is observed in the dynamics of the landing intent, i.e. from the initial, non-landing state (small G) to the landing state (large G) that was terminated by the landing of the flock. In the model, the landing process appears to be a highly concerted, collective motion of the birds, in agreement with the field observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)911-917
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume276
Issue number1658
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 7 2012

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Keywords

  • Collective behaviour
  • Flocking
  • Nonlinear systems
  • Self-organization

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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A phenomenological model for the collective landing of bird flocks. / Daruka, I.

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