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Flexible navigation response in common cuckoos Cuculus canorus displaced experimentally during migration

Willemoes, Mikkel LU ; Blas, Julio; Wikelski, Martin and Thorup, Kasper (2015) In Scientific Reports 5.
Abstract

Migrating birds follow innate species-specific migration programs capable of guiding them along complex spatio-temporal routes, which may include several separate staging areas. Indeed, migration routes of common cuckoos Cuculus canorus show little variation between individuals; yet, satellite tracks of 11 experimentally displaced adults revealed an unexpected flexibility in individual navigation responses. The birds compensated for the translocation to unfamiliar areas by travelling toward population-specific staging areas, demonstrating true navigation capabilities. Individual responses varied from travelling toward the first stopover in northern Europe to flying toward the Central-African winter grounds, the latter including several... (More)

Migrating birds follow innate species-specific migration programs capable of guiding them along complex spatio-temporal routes, which may include several separate staging areas. Indeed, migration routes of common cuckoos Cuculus canorus show little variation between individuals; yet, satellite tracks of 11 experimentally displaced adults revealed an unexpected flexibility in individual navigation responses. The birds compensated for the translocation to unfamiliar areas by travelling toward population-specific staging areas, demonstrating true navigation capabilities. Individual responses varied from travelling toward the first stopover in northern Europe to flying toward the Central-African winter grounds, the latter including several stopovers in unfamiliar areas. Apparently, the cuckoos possess spatial knowledge far beyond their population-specific flyway scale, and make individual decisions likely based on an assessment of perceived gain and cost of alternative route options.

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Animal Migration, Animals, Birds, Geography, Seasons, Spatial Navigation
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  abstract     = {<p>Migrating birds follow innate species-specific migration programs capable of guiding them along complex spatio-temporal routes, which may include several separate staging areas. Indeed, migration routes of common cuckoos Cuculus canorus show little variation between individuals; yet, satellite tracks of 11 experimentally displaced adults revealed an unexpected flexibility in individual navigation responses. The birds compensated for the translocation to unfamiliar areas by travelling toward population-specific staging areas, demonstrating true navigation capabilities. Individual responses varied from travelling toward the first stopover in northern Europe to flying toward the Central-African winter grounds, the latter including several stopovers in unfamiliar areas. Apparently, the cuckoos possess spatial knowledge far beyond their population-specific flyway scale, and make individual decisions likely based on an assessment of perceived gain and cost of alternative route options.</p>},
  articleno    = {5:16402},
  author       = {Willemoes, Mikkel and Blas, Julio and Wikelski, Martin and Thorup, Kasper},
  issn         = {2045-2322},
  keyword      = {Animal Migration,Animals,Birds,Geography,Seasons,Spatial Navigation},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {11},
  pages        = {5},
  publisher    = {Nature Publishing Group},
  series       = {Scientific Reports},
  title        = {Flexible navigation response in common cuckoos Cuculus canorus displaced experimentally during migration},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep16402},
  volume       = {5},
  year         = {2015},
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