Pigeon Orientation: A Preliminary Evaluation of Factors Involved or Not Involved in the Deflector Loft Effect

  • J. Kiepenheuer
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The deviation of deflector loft pigeons from the true home direction seems to be an immediate response on release. Presumably the effect is caused neither by the reflection of visual cues nor by the directional information carried by the wind. The effect subsists even in the immediate vicinity of the loft.


Pigeon Homing Glass Pane Homing Behaviour Home Direction Translucent Plastic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Kiepenheuer
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  1. 1.Abteilung für VerhaltensphysiologieUniversität TübingenTübingenGermany

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