Navigation in homing pigeons (Columba livia) (data from Gagliardo et al. 2014)-reference-data

Gagliardo A, Pollonara E, Coppola VJ, Santos CD, Wikelski M, Bingman VP. 2014. Navigation in homing pigeons (Columba livia) (data from Gagliardo et al. 2014)-reference-data. Movebank Data Repository.
The importance of the vertebrate hippocampus in spatial cognition is often related to its broad role in memory. However, in birds, the hippocampus appears to be more specifically involved in spatial processes. The maturing of GPS-tracking technology has enabled a revolution in navigation research, including the expanded possibility of studying brain mechanisms that guide navigation in the field. By GPS-tracking homing pigeons released from distant, unfamiliar sites prior to and after hippocampal lesion, we observed, as has been reported previously, impaired navigational performance postlesion over the familiar/memorized space near the home loft, where topographic features constitute an important source of navigational information. The GPS-tracking revealed that many of the lost pigeons, when lesioned, approached the home area, but nevertheless failed to locate their loft. Unexpectedly, when they were hippocampal-lesioned, the pigeons showed a notable change in their behaviour when navigating over the unfamiliar space distant from home; they actually flew straighter homeward-directed paths than they did prelesion. The data are consistent with the hypothesis that, following hippocampal lesion, homing pigeons respond less to unfamiliar visual, topographic features encountered during homing, and, as such, offer the first evidence for an unforeseen, perceptual neglect of environmental features following hippocampal damage.
animal navigation,animal tracking,Columba livia,hippocampus,homing pigeon,navigation,spatial behaviour,spatial cognition
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  title = {Navigation in homing pigeons (Columba livia) (data from Gagliardo et al. 2014)-reference-data},
  author = {Gagliardo, A and Pollonara, E and Coppola, VJ and Santos, CD and Wikelski, M and Bingman, VP},
  year = {2014},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.fh860r2f/2},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.fh860r2f/2
T1  - Navigation in homing pigeons (Columba livia) (data from Gagliardo et al. 2014)-reference-data
AU  - Gagliardo, Anna
AU  - Pollonara, Enrica
AU  - Coppola, Vincent J
AU  - Santos, Carlos D
AU  - Wikelski, Martin
AU  - Bingman, Verner P
Y1  - 2014/07/31
KW  - animal navigation
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - Columba livia
KW  - hippocampus
KW  - homing pigeon
KW  - navigation
KW  - spatial behaviour
KW  - spatial cognition
KW  - Columba livia
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.fh860r2f/2
ER  -