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Pigeons combine compass and landmark guidance in familiar route navigation.

Abstract:

How do birds orient over familiar terrain? In the best studied avian species, the homing pigeon (Columba livia), two apparently independent primary mechanisms are currently debated: either memorized visual landmarks provide homeward guidance directly, or birds rely on a compass to home from familiar locations. Using miniature Global Positioning System tracking technology and clock-shift procedures, we set sun-compass and landmark information in conflict, showing that experienced birds can acc...

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10.1073/pnas.0701575104

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Freeman, R More by this author
Roberts, S More by this author
Guilford, T More by this author
Journal:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume:
104
Issue:
18
Pages:
7471-7476
Publication date:
2007-05-05
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EISSN:
1091-6490
ISSN:
0027-8424
URN:
uuid:c2af9b1a-720f-435f-a815-34c859d13e93
Source identifiers:
209351
Local pid:
pubs:209351

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