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Olfaction and topography, but not magnetic cues, control navigation in a pelagic seabird: displacements with shearwaters in the Mediterranean Sea

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Pelagic seabirds wander the open oceans then return accurately to their habitual nest-sites. We investigated the effects of sensory manipulation on oceanic navigation in Scopoli's shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea) breeding at Pianosa island (Italy), by displacing them 400 km from their colony and tracking them. A recent experiment on Atlantic shearwaters (Cory's shearwater, Calonectris borealis) breeding in the Azores indicated a crucial role of olfaction over the open ocean, but left open t...

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10.1038/srep16486

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Pollonara, E More by this author
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Merton College
Wikelski, M More by this author
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Nature Publishing Group Publisher's website
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Scientific reports Journal website
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5
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1
Pages:
16486
Publication date:
2015-11-09
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2045-2322
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pubs:579464
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uri:9cfb6ef2-5435-4a72-8b2a-260a4961bc26
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uuid:9cfb6ef2-5435-4a72-8b2a-260a4961bc26
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