Frequency shift discrimination: Can homing pigeons locate infrasounds by Doppler shifts?

  title={Frequency shift discrimination: Can homing pigeons locate infrasounds by Doppler shifts?},
  author={Douglas B. Quine and Melvin L. Kreithen},
  journal={Journal of comparative physiology},
Homing pigeons can detect small shifts in sound frequency at 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 Hz. Their thresholds range from a 1% shift at 20 Hz to a 7% shift at 1 Hz. The frequency shifts used were designed to simulate the natural Doppler shifts resulting from changes in flight path. Their ability was sufficiently sensitive to make it feasible that natural Doppler shifts can be detected. Further tests indicated that the birds can perform true frequency discrimination when all subjective amplitude cues are… CONTINUE READING


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