Data from: True navigation in migrating gulls requires intact olfactory nerves

Wikelski M, Arriero E, Gagliardo A, Holland RA, Huttunen MJ, Juvaste R, Mueller I, Tertitski G, Thorup K, Wild M, Alanko M, Bairlein F, Cherenkov A, Cameron A, Flatz R, Hannila J, Hüppop O, Kangasniemi M, Kranstauber B, Penttinen M, Safi K, Semashko V, Schmid H, Wistbacka R. 2015. Data from: True navigation in migrating gulls requires intact olfactory nerves. Movebank Data Repository.
During migratory journeys, birds may become displaced from their normal migratory route. Experimental evidence has shown that adult birds can correct for such displacements and return to their goal. However, the nature of the cues used by migratory birds to perform long distance navigation is still debated. In this experiment we subjected adult lesser black-backed gulls migrating from their Finnish/Russian breeding grounds (from >60°N) to Africa (to < 5°N) to sensory manipulation, to determine the sensory systems required for navigation. We translocated birds westward (1080 km) or eastward (885 km) to simulate natural navigational challenges. When translocated westwards and outside their migratory corridor birds with olfactory nerve section kept a clear directional preference (southerly) but were unable to compensate for the displacement, while intact birds and gulls with the ophthalmic branch of the trigeminal nerve sectioned oriented towards their population-specific migratory corridor. Thus, air-borne olfactory information seems to be important for migrating gulls to navigate successfully in some circumstances.
animal tracking,Argos,avian migration,animal navigation,Larus fuscus fuscus,lesser black-backed gull,magnetic navigation,olfactory navigation,satellite telemetry
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  title = {Data from: True navigation in migrating gulls requires intact olfactory nerves},
  author = {Wikelski, M and Arriero, E and Gagliardo, A and Holland, RA and Huttunen, MJ and Juvaste, R and Mueller, I and Tertitski, G and Thorup, K and Wild, M and Alanko, M and Bairlein, F and Cherenkov, A and Cameron, A and Flatz, R and Hannila, J and Hüppop, O and Kangasniemi, M and Kranstauber, B and Penttinen, M and Safi, K and Semashko, V and Schmid, H and Wistbacka, R},
  year = {2015},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.q986rc29},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.q986rc29
T1  - Data from: True navigation in migrating gulls requires intact olfactory nerves
AU  - Wikelski, Martin
AU  - Arriero, Elena
AU  - Gagliardo, Anna
AU  - Holland, Richard A.
AU  - Huttunen, Markku J.
AU  - Juvaste, Risto
AU  - Mueller, Inge
AU  - Tertitski, Grigori
AU  - Thorup, Kasper
AU  - Wild, Martin
AU  - Alanko, Markku
AU  - Bairlein, Franz
AU  - Cherenkov, Alexander
AU  - Cameron, Alison
AU  - Flatz, Reinhard
AU  - Hannila, Juhani
AU  - Hüppop, Ommo
AU  - Kangasniemi, Markku
AU  - Kranstauber, Bart
AU  - Penttinen, Maija-Liisa
AU  - Safi, Kamran
AU  - Semashko, Vladimir
AU  - Schmid, Heidi
AU  - Wistbacka, Ralf
Y1  - 2015/11/24
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - Argos
KW  - avian migration
KW  - animal navigation
KW  - Larus fuscus fuscus
KW  - lesser black-backed gull
KW  - magnetic navigation
KW  - olfactory navigation
KW  - satellite telemetry
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.q986rc29
ER  -