The use of the geomagnetic field for short distance orientation in zebra finches

Voß J, Keary N, Bischof H-J (2007)
NEUROREPORT 18(10): 1053-1057.

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Abstract / Bemerkung
Although the ability to use the Earth's magnetic field for long distance orientation and navigation has been demonstrated in many animals, the search for the appropriate receptor has not yet finished. It is also not entirely clear whether the use of magnetic field information is restricted to specialists like migrating birds, or whether it is a sense that is also suited to short distance orientation by avian species. We successfully trained nonmigratory zebra finches in a four-choice food-search task to use the natural magnetic field as well as an experimentally shifted field for short distance orientation, supporting the view that magnetic field perception may be a sense existing in all bird species. By using a conditioning technique in a standard laboratory animal, our experiments will provide an ideal basis for the search for the physiological mechanisms of magnetic field perception.
Stichworte
birds; conditioning; magnetic sense; short distance; orientation; zebra finch; compass
Erscheinungsjahr
2007
Zeitschriftentitel
NEUROREPORT
Band
18
Ausgabe
10
Seite(n)
1053-1057
ISSN
0959-4965
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/1593281

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Voß J, Keary N, Bischof H-J. The use of the geomagnetic field for short distance orientation in zebra finches. NEUROREPORT. 2007;18(10):1053-1057.
Voß, J., Keary, N., & Bischof, H. - J. (2007). The use of the geomagnetic field for short distance orientation in zebra finches. NEUROREPORT, 18(10), 1053-1057. doi:10.1097/WNR.0b013e32818b2a21
Voß, J., Keary, N., and Bischof, H. - J. (2007). The use of the geomagnetic field for short distance orientation in zebra finches. NEUROREPORT 18, 1053-1057.
Voß, J., Keary, N., & Bischof, H.-J., 2007. The use of the geomagnetic field for short distance orientation in zebra finches. NEUROREPORT, 18(10), p 1053-1057.
J. Voß, N. Keary, and H.-J. Bischof, “The use of the geomagnetic field for short distance orientation in zebra finches”, NEUROREPORT, vol. 18, 2007, pp. 1053-1057.
Voß, J., Keary, N., Bischof, H.-J.: The use of the geomagnetic field for short distance orientation in zebra finches. NEUROREPORT. 18, 1053-1057 (2007).
Voß, Joachim, Keary, Nina, and Bischof, Hans-Joachim. “The use of the geomagnetic field for short distance orientation in zebra finches”. NEUROREPORT 18.10 (2007): 1053-1057.

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