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Bird Navigation : Cambridge Monographs in Experimental Biology - G. V. T. Matthews

Bird Navigation

Cambridge Monographs in Experimental Biology

Paperback Published: 1st November 1968
ISBN: 9780521095419
Number Of Pages: 208

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Many species of birds travel thousands of miles from their breeding grounds to their winter quarters, to return again the following spring. How do they find their way? How is it that young and inexperienced birds are able to travel independently of their parents and still reach their destination? The first edition of Dr Matthews' monograph, published in 1955, summarised the experimental work which had been done up until that time and this second edition has built upon that important contribution, with extensive changes. Several developments are described, namely, the discovery that birds can orientate with reference to star patterns, the use of radar to follow migration by night as well as by day, and the attachment of miniature radio-transmitters to birds so that their individual flights can be followed. A new class of unexplained 'nonsense' orientation is also brought to light.

Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Authors note
Field observations of migration
Experimental evidence for bearing-and-distance navigation
The physical bases of diurnal one-direction navigation
The physical bases of nocturnal on-direction navigation
Homing experiments
Homing orientation
Theories of sensory contact with home and of inertial navigation
Theories of navigation by geophysical 'grids'
Theories of navigation by astronomical 'grids'
Theories of navigation by a 'grid' derived from the sun's coordinates
Field tests of theories of navigation by the sun's coordinates
The anatomical and physiological limitations of the avian eye
Motion, time and memory
Scientific names of species mentioned
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ISBN: 9780521095419
ISBN-10: 0521095417
Series: Cambridge Monographs in Experimental Biology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st November 1968
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 2