Pigeon Homing along Highways and Exits

  title={Pigeon Homing along Highways and Exits},
  author={Hans-Peter Lipp and Alexei L. Vyssotski and David P Wolfer and Sophie Renaudineau and Maria Savini and Gerhard Tr{\"o}ster and Giacomo Dell'omo},
  journal={Current Biology},
BACKGROUND Anecdotal observations and early airplane and helicopter tracking studies suggest that pigeons sometimes follow large roads and use landmarks as turning points during their homeward journey. However, technical limitations in tracking pigeon routes have prevented proof. RESULTS Here, we present experimental and statistical evidence for this strategy from the analysis of 216 GPS-recorded pigeon tracks over distances up to 50 km. Experienced pigeons released from familiar sites during… CONTINUE READING