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Experientia

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 606–607 | Cite as

Brain weight in homing and ‘non-homing’ pigeons

  • E. Haase
  • C. Otto
  • H. Murbach
Specialia

Summary

Homing pigeons show a 5% higher brain weight than fantails and strassers. This difference is statistically significant and independent of body size. There are no allometric differences in the eye weights.

Keywords

Body Size Brain Weight High Brain Homing Pigeon Allometric Difference 
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References

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Copyright information

© Birkhäuser-Verlag 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Haase
    • 1
  • C. Otto
    • 1
  • H. Murbach
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Haustierkunde der Christian-Albrechts-UniversitätKiel(Federal Republic of Germany, BRD)

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