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Pigeon flock members can ‘overrule’ incompetent leaders | ScienceDaily

Pigeon flock members can ‘overrule’ incompetent leaders | ScienceDaily

Flock leaders who attempt to give their fellow pigeons incorrect information about their direction of travel can be overruled by the collective wisdom of the group, according to new research from the University of Oxford.

Recent modelling work has predicted that the mistakes of a misinformed leader will propagate down a hierarchical decision-making system such as a pigeon flock.

Source: Pigeon flock members can ‘overrule’ incompetent leaders — ScienceDaily