Richard Barnes - Murmur, 2005
“A flock of starlings is euphoniously referred to as a ‘murmuration’, but there is nothing poetic about their appetites. Their ability to focus both eyes on a single object—binocular vision—allows them to peck up stationary seeds as well as insects while on the move. Like us, the birds are enormously adaptable, but what we admire in ourselves we often abhor in our neighbors.
Mozart had a pet starling that could sing a few bars of his G Major Piano Concerto.”