In a nutshell: Unlike most animals, 50 percent of budgerigars are left-handed, 50 percent right-handed. The mathematical model in this paper shows that this is optimal for flocks flying through complex visual environments, such as dense undergrowth, with implications for unmanned aircraft.

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Bhagavatula, P. S., Claudianos, C., Ibbotson, M. R., & Srinivasan, M. V. (2014). Behavioral lateralization and optimal route choice in flying budgerigars. PLoS Comput Biol, 10(3), e1003473.

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