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Do Pigeons Use Their Eyes for Navigation? A New Technique!

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Animal Migration, Navigation, and Homing

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A simple camera was attached to a pigeon’s head. A shutter closed the aperture 60 s after release. Each time the pigeon held its head steady for a few seconds, the sun formed a spot on the horizontal film at the bottom of the camera. With the aid of the sun’s position, known from nautical tables, the direction of fixation of the pigeon could be calculated and associated with landmarks at the horizon. Preliminary results show that many sun spots are indeed produced on the film upon release of the bird.

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Köhler, KL. (1978). Do Pigeons Use Their Eyes for Navigation? A New Technique!. In: Schmidt-Koenig, K., Keeton, W.T. (eds) Animal Migration, Navigation, and Homing. Proceedings in Life Sciences. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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