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Birds invest wingbeats to keep a steady head and reap the ultimate benefits of flying together

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Flapping flight is the most energetically demanding form of sustained forwards locomotion that vertebrates perform. Flock dynamics therefore have significant implications for energy expenditure. Despite this, no studies have quantified the biomechanical consequences of flying in a cluster flock or pair relative to flying solo. Here, we compared the flight characteristics of homing pigeons (Columba livia) flying solo and in pairs released from a site 7 km from home, using high-precision 5 Hz g...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1371/journal.pbio.3000299

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
Role:
Author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
Role:
Author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
Role:
Author
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Public Library of Science Publisher's website
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PLoS Biology Journal website
Volume:
17
Issue:
6
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Article: e3000299
Publication date:
2019-06-18
Acceptance date:
2019-05-15
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EISSN:
1545-7885
ISSN:
1544-9173
Pubs id:
pubs:999067
URN:
uri:d4da1ec6-26ea-424c-90a2-016d53ab0225
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uuid:d4da1ec6-26ea-424c-90a2-016d53ab0225
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pubs:999067

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