Avian Navigation: Pigeon Homing as a Paradigm / Edition 1

Avian Navigation: Pigeon Homing as a Paradigm / Edition 1

by Hans G. Wallraff
     
 

ISBN-10: 3642061184

ISBN-13: 9783642061189

Pub. Date: 11/09/2010

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

How migratory birds can navigate home from their wintering grounds to their breeding sites over hundreds and thousands of kilometres has been an admired mystery over more than a century. Profound advances towards a solution of this problem have been achieved with a model bird, the homing pigeon. This monograph summarizes our current knowledge about pigeon homing,

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Overview

How migratory birds can navigate home from their wintering grounds to their breeding sites over hundreds and thousands of kilometres has been an admired mystery over more than a century. Profound advances towards a solution of this problem have been achieved with a model bird, the homing pigeon. This monograph summarizes our current knowledge about pigeon homing, about the birds' application of a sun compass and a magnetic compass, of a visual topographical map within a familiar area and — most surprisingly — of an olfactory map using atmospheric chemosignals as indicators of position in distant unfamiliar areas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642061189
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
0.51(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

Table of Contents

Observation Data Used to Investigate Pigeon Homing.- Basic Features of Pigeon Homing.- Potential Input Signals Exploitable for Home-Finding.- The Role of the Sun.- The Role of the Geomagnetic Field.- The Role of the Chemical Atmosphere.- The Role of the Visual Landscape.- The Neural Bases of Pigeon Homing.- Homing in Other Birds.- Research History: Blind Alleys and an Unexpected Passage.- Overall Synthesis and Perspective.

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