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Route recognition in the homing pigeon, Columba livia

Abstract:

While homing pigeons are known to use familiar visual landmarks to recognize release sites, it is less clear whether they continue to attend to visual cues along the homeward flight. To address this question, we used precision GPS technology to track pigeons along their homeward route and later released them from sites that they were known to have flown over. The group of birds that were aerially familiar with the chosen sites homed significantly more efficiently than did their yoked (naïve) ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Journal:
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
Volume:
72
Issue:
5
Pages:
975-980
Publication date:
2006-11-05
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ISSN:
0003-3472
URN:
uuid:a7c4f892-5baa-412e-ba50-90ad91724f64
Source identifiers:
210429
Local pid:
pubs:210429
Language:
English

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