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Sensitivity of the Homing Pigeon to an Earth-Strength Magnetic Field

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Animal Migration, Navigation, and Homing

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Although the Earth’s magnetic field appears to be involved in orientation, previous laboratory experiments have been unable to confirm the magnetic sensitivity of homing pigeons. In the experiments described here, a flight tunnel was constructed within a shielded chamber and used to train three pairs of pigeons (Columba livia) to discriminate between the presence and absence of a 0.5 gauss (Earth-strength) magnetic field. Successful discrimination was associated with flutter activity of the birds within the tunnel.

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Bookman, M.A. (1978). Sensitivity of the Homing Pigeon to an Earth-Strength Magnetic Field. In: Schmidt-Koenig, K., Keeton, W.T. (eds) Animal Migration, Navigation, and Homing. Proceedings in Life Sciences. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-11147-5_11

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