Bird Navigation

  • Charles Walcott
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Both the annual migrations of birds between their wintering and breeding grounds and their ability to return home when displaced from their nest involve navigation. Bird banding studies show that many migratory birds return to the same nest sites year after year. This ability implies that they can locate a specific area, not simply fly north or south with the seasons.


Magnetic Anomaly Magnetic Compass Homing Pigeon True Navigation Annual Migration 
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Further reading

  1. Able K (1980): Mechanisms of Orientation, Navigation and Homing. In: Animal Migration, Orientation and Navigation, Gauthreaux S, ed. New York: Academic PressGoogle Scholar
  2. Baker R (1984): Bird Navigation: The Solution of a Mystery? New York: Holmes and MeierGoogle Scholar
  3. Baldaccini N (1983): Homing in pigeons. Comp Biochem Physiol 76A:639–750CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Walcott C, Lednor A (1983): Bird navigation. In: Perspectives in Ornithology. Brush A, Clark G, eds. New York: Cambridge University PressGoogle Scholar

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© Birkhäuser Boston, Inc. 1988

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