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05/12/2011 12:48 pm ET Updated Jul 12, 2011

Bird Cam Shows Young Brown Booby In Flight From Animal's Perspective (VIDEO)

Ever wish you could really get bird's eye view?

By harnessing miniature cameras to the backs of young brown boobies, researchers at Japan's Nagoya University have captured in-flight footage of juvenile birds learning from their elders.

Scientist Ken Yoda, lead author of the study published in PLoS One, says that the cameras allow his team to fill in previously unobservable airborne behavior in the creatures.

“Social interactions play a crucial role in the development of young individuals, including humans,” Yoda says. "However, highly mobile juvenile birds in inaccessible environments are difficult to observe.”

The footage shows the brown boobies chasing younger birds through the air and following adults to feeding areas.

According to Wired:

By following adults or hanging out with more experienced birds, naive or young individuals can pick up valuable information on things like good foraging areas or migratory routes, the authors wrote. The more experienced animals don’t necessarily actively teach the youngsters, but the inexperienced animals learn by following.

Yoda and his colleagues hope that the research will not only provide a better understanding of the bird's behavior, but also change the way scientists monitor marine settings and search for new organisms.

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