On a Wing and a Vector: a Model for Magnetic Navigation by Homing Pigeons.

@article{Walker1998OnAW,
  title={On a Wing and a Vector: a Model for Magnetic Navigation by Homing Pigeons.},
  author={Walker},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  year={1998},
  volume={192 3},
  pages={341-349}
}
  • Walker
  • Published 1998 in Journal of theoretical biology
The ability of pigeons to home directly from distant, unfamiliar release sites has defied explanation because it has been impossible to identify the mechanism by which the birds determine their current position relative to their home loft. A variety of magnetic effects on homing orientation have implicated magnetic total intensity in position determination but no testable models for magnetic navigation by homing pigeons have resulted. Here, a vector summation model is proposed which identifies… CONTINUE READING

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