© 1982

Avian Navigation

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

  • Floriano Papi
  • Hans G. Wallraff
Conference proceedings

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

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

  • Book Title Avian Navigation
  • Book Subtitle International Symposium on Avian Navigation (ISAN) held at Tirrenia (Pisa), September 11–14, 1981
  • Editors F. Papi
    H. G. Wallraff
  • Series Title Proceedings in Life Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-11627-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-68618-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-68616-0
  • Series ISSN 0172-6625
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 380
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Zoology
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