Avian Navigation

International Symposium on Avian Navigation (ISAN) held at Tirrenia (Pisa), September 11–14, 1981

  • Floriano Papi
  • Hans G. Wallraff

Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Migration and Migratory Orientation

  3. Homing of Pigeons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. N. E. Baldaccini, S. Benvenuti, V. Fiaschi, P. Ioalé, F. Papi
      Pages 160-169
    3. J. B. Phillips, J. A. Waldvogel
      Pages 190-202
    4. M. Grüter, R. Wiltschko, W. Wiltschko
      Pages 222-231
    5. A. Foà, H. G. Wallraff, P. Ioalé, S. Benvenuti
      Pages 232-238
    6. H. P. Lipp, U. Frei
      Pages 271-280
  4. Homing and Non-Migratory Orientation of Other Species

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. H. Mittelstaedt, M.-L. Mittelstaedt
      Pages 290-297
    3. Ursula von Saint Paul
      Pages 298-307
    4. F. R. Moore, T. E. Osadchuk
      Pages 319-325
  5. Sensory Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327 -327
    2. P. Semm, T. Schneider, L. Vollrath, W. Wiltschko
      Pages 329-337
    3. B. Walcott, C. Walcott
      Pages 338-343
    4. W. E. Southern, L. Hanzely, R. L. Bailey, D. V. Molsen
      Pages 344-351
    5. L. V. Hutchison, B. M. Wenzel
      Pages 362-372
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 377-380

About these proceedings


Right from the start of this century, field observations and the patient ringing of birds have made available a growing mass of data on the breeding and resting areas of migratory species and on the course, period and duration of their seasonal flights. Considered as a whole, this work on migration morphology commands admiration, and when view­ ed in detail it reveals fascinating insights into the extraordinary naviga­ tional performances of many bird species, which find their way over enormous distances. Yet only a few dozen physiologists are actively trying to answer the question of how these performances are achieved. Experimental work on migratory birds raises many difficulties, some of them insuperable, so that many researchers carry out their experiments on the homing pigeon, which is constantly motivated by homesickness and ready to display its ability to flyaway home. Many of the problems connected with bird navigation are still un­ solved, but a rapidly growing body of results is being produced along with a variety of new ideas and approaches. A clear majority of the stu­ dents of bird navigation met in September 1981 in Tirrenia, a seaside resort on the Tyrrhenian coast, where each of them offered new in­ sights into his or her recent investigations. Their contributions have been connected in this volume, which provides an up-to-date conspec­ tus of the stage reached by research in this field.


Navigation Orientierung Vogelzug bird migration morphology

Editors and affiliations

  • Floriano Papi
    • 1
  • Hans G. Wallraff
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto di Biologia GeneraleUniversità di PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für VerhaltensphysiologieSeewiesenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-68618-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-68616-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6625
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