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The Optokinetic Basis of Head-bobbing in the Pigeon

  title={The Optokinetic Basis of Head-bobbing in the Pigeon},
  author={Barrie J. Frost},
  journal={The Journal of Experimental Biology},
  • B. Frost
  • Published 1 June 1978
  • Biology
  • The Journal of Experimental Biology
1.Head-bobbing of pigeons during walking and landing was studied using high-speed motion photography. 2.The analysis of film records indicated that head-bobbing whilst walking consists of two phases: one where the head is ‘locked’ in space but moves backward relative to its forward moving body; and another where it is thrust rapidly forward to a new position. 3.The fact that head-bobbing is abolished when pigeons walk on a treadmill suggests it is primarily a visual response rather than an… 

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