Avian olfactory navigation: its empirical foundation and conceptual state

@article{Wallraff2004AvianON,
  title={Avian olfactory navigation: its empirical foundation and conceptual state},
  author={Hans G. Wallraff},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2004},
  volume={67},
  pages={189-204}
}
Over the last three decades, empirical evidence has been accumulated indicating that displaced homing pigeons, and most likely other birds as well, are able to navigate home by deducing positional information from atmospheric trace gases perceived by olfaction. I briefly describe the most important results leading to this unexpected conclusion and experiments revealing the decisive role of winds at the home site. A hypothesis trying to explain the results proposes that proportional… CONTINUE READING

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