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How the viewing of familiar landscapes prior to release allows pigeons to home faster: evidence from GPS tracking.

Abstract:

Providing homing pigeons with a 5 min preview of the landscape at familiar sites prior to release reliably improves the birds' subsequent homing speeds. This phenomenon has been taken to suggest that the visual panorama is involved in familiar-site recognition, yet the exact nature of the improvement has never been elucidated. We employed newly developed miniature Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking technology to investigate how access to visual cues prior to release affects pigeons' fli...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Role:
Author
Journal:
J Exp Biol
Volume:
205
Issue:
Pt 24
Pages:
3833-3844
Publication date:
2002-12-05
ISSN:
0022-0949
URN:
uuid:7a6a7bf8-a3fe-472e-accb-3114dca1f468
Source identifiers:
209869
Local pid:
pubs:209869

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