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Bird navigation,
by G. V. T. Matthews.
edition
2d ed.
imprint
London, Cambridge U.P., 1968.
description
x, 197 p. illus. 23 cm.
ISBN
0521072719
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
London, Cambridge U.P., 1968.
isbn
0521072719
catalogue key
1715367
 
Bibliography: p. 167-192.
A Look Inside
Summaries
Main Description
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.
Description for Bookstore
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? This second edition of Dr Matthews' monograph introduces new developments in bird navigation research.
Main Description
This second edition of Dr Matthews' monograph introduces newer developments in bird navigation research since the first edition.
Table of Contents
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
References
Index
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