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Avian Navigation: Pigeon Homing as a Paradigm

Hans G. Wallraff 
Springer  2005  


Hardcover  229 pp.  ISBN 9783540223856      £125.00
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.
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