Familiar route loyalty implies visual pilotage in the homing pigeon.

@article{Biro2004FamiliarRL,
  title={Familiar route loyalty implies visual pilotage in the homing pigeon.},
  author={Dora Biro and Jessica Meade and Tim Guilford},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2004},
  volume={101 50},
  pages={17440-3}
}
Wide-ranging animals, such as birds, regularly traverse large areas of the landscape efficiently in the course of their local movement patterns, which raises fundamental questions about the cognitive mechanisms involved. By using precision global-positioning-system loggers, we show that homing pigeons (Columba livia) not only come to rely on highly stereotyped yet surprisingly inefficient routes within the local area but are attracted directly back to their individually preferred routes even… CONTINUE READING