Bird orientation: Single homing pigeons compared with small flocks

  • Staffan Tamm
  • Published 2004 in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology


The hypothesis that bird flocks orient more accurately than single individuals was tested on homing pigeons. Birds were released both singly and in flocks of three to six. Vanishing bearings were recorded and it was found that flocks were less scattered around the mean direction than singly released birds. Homing times were found to be shorter for flocks as… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF00300672


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