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Radar Observations of Behavior of Migrating Birds in Response to Sounds Broadcast from the Ground

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Animal Migration, Navigation, and Homing

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Field experiments with a tracking radar and loudspeaker system have been performed to investigate birds’ behavior in response to sounds (thunder, bird calls) heard during migration. Some, but not all, sounds elicited changes in flight paths. Most reactions occurred quickly and were turns away from the source of the sound. Thunder was more effec-tive on totally overcast than on clear or partly cloudy nights.

The experiments constitute evidence that birds migrating at night attend to and, in a least some cases, respond appropriately to sounds heard at moderate levels of intensity.

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Larkin, R.P. (1978). Radar Observations of Behavior of Migrating Birds in Response to Sounds Broadcast from the Ground. In: Schmidt-Koenig, K., Keeton, W.T. (eds) Animal Migration, Navigation, and Homing. Proceedings in Life Sciences. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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