The Olfactory Map of Homing Pigeons

  • Silvano Benvenuti
  • Paolo Ioalè
  • Floriano Papi


Until a few decades ago, birds were thought to have a very poor olfactory ability in spite of the fact that many species exhibit well developed olfactory organs, thus raising the question whether they might have come to assume a non-olfactory function. Recent investigations, however, have shown that several bird species rely on olfactory cues for a variety of performances which include the search for food, homing ability, and social and sexual behavior (see Papi, 1990, for references).


Release Site Olfactory Information Pigeon Homing Home Direction Homing Ability 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvano Benvenuti
    • 1
    • 2
  • Paolo Ioalè
    • 1
    • 2
  • Floriano Papi
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze del Comportamento animale e dell’ UomoPisaItaly
  2. 2.Centro di Studio per la Faunistica ed Ecologia Tropicali del C.N.R.FirenzeItaly

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