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Pigeon Homing as a Paradigm

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Pigeon Homing as a Paradigm

Author: Wallraff, Hans G.

Published: 2005-01-12

Publisher's Description:

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.


230 p. 99 illus., 1 in color.


  • Language: English
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  • Publisher: Springer
  • City: Berlin
  • Country: Germany

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  • Date Published: 12 Jan 2005
  • ISBN-10: 3540223851
  • ISBN-13: 9783540223856


Chris Merkord
Mar 03 2013 09:28 PM


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