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Practice Makes Perfect: Endangered Whooping Cranes Rely on Social Learning ...

Scientific American (blog)

For one thing, the birds might gain improved spatial memory of visual landmarks. Other research on wild-born whooping cranes showed that they're aided by keeping track of landscape features, both small-scale, such as particular mountains, rivers, or ...

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How do birds find their way on migration? Is their route encoded in their genes, or learned? Working with records from a long-term effort to reintroduce critically endangered whooping cranes in the Eastern US, researchers found these long-lived birds learn the route from older cranes, and get better at it with age.Wlyu6WJiGlg

 

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