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Investigation of Pigeon Homing by Means of “Deflector Cages”

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Animal Migration, Navigation, and Homing

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Abstract

Homing pigeons, kept from fledging time in cages supplied with screens to deflect the winds clockwise (CW) or counterclockwise (CCW), show a corresponding deflection in their initial orientation (Baldaccini et al., 1975). New experiments produced the following main results:

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    The acquired deflection in initial orientation was modified by subsequently reversing the arrangement of the deflectors, i.e., by subjecting CW-deflected birds to CCW-deflected wind and vice versa.

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    Birds reared in control cages, which had shown a normal initial orientation in test releases, deflected as expected three months after the deflectors had been applied to their cages. 3, The orientational bias of deflector-cage birds was not eliminated by repeated homing experience.

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Baldaccini, N.E., Benvenuti, S., Fiaschi, V., Ioalé, P., Papi, F. (1978). Investigation of Pigeon Homing by Means of “Deflector Cages”. 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_7

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