Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 301–305 | Cite as

Homing pigeons do extract directional information from olfactory stimuli

  • P. Ioalè
  • M. Nozzolini
  • F. Papi


Two groups of pigeons were kept from fledging time in two cages fully exposed to winds. From time to time, the cage containing experimentals was additionally exposed to an artificial air current coming from a specific direction and carrying a scent of benzaldehyde. When both groups were exposed to benzaldehyde scent during transportation and at the release site, the control birds flew homeward, whereas the experimentals oriented in the direction roughly opposite that from which they were used to perceiving the benzaldehyde at the loft. When benzaldehyde was not applied, experimental pigeons were homeward oriented like controls.


Cage Benzaldehyde Directional Information Specific Direction Release Site 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Ioalè
    • 1
  • M. Nozzolini
    • 1
  • F. Papi
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze del Comportamento Animale dell'Università di Pisa and Centro di Studio per la Faunistica ed Ecologia Tropicali del C.N.R.FirenzeItaly

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