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dc.contributor.authorPritchard, David J.
dc.contributor.authorHealy, Susan D.
dc.identifier.citationPritchard , D J & Healy , S D 2018 , ' Taking an insect-inspired approach to avian navigation ' , Learning and Behavior , vol. 46 , no. 1 , pp. 7-22 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 252065966
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: ad207e4c-0571-4e91-af8a-57bec3deccac
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85042536481
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000427006400004
dc.description.abstractNavigation is an essential skill for many animals, and understanding how animal use environmental information, particularly visual information, to navigate has a long history in both ethology and psychology. In birds, the dominant approach for investigating navigation at small-scales comes from comparative psychology, which emphasizes the cognitive representations underpinning spatial memory. The majority of this work is based in the laboratory and it is unclear whether this context itself affects the information that birds learn and use when they search for a location. Data from hummingbirds suggests that birds in the wild might use visual information in quite a different manner. To reconcile these differences, here we propose a new approach to avian navigation, inspired by the sensory-driven study of navigation in insects. Using methods devised for studying the navigation of insects, it is possible to quantify the visual information available to navigating birds, and then to determine how this information influences those birds’ navigation decisions. Focusing on four areas that we consider characteristic of the insect navigation perspective, we discuss how this approach has shone light on the information insects use to navigate, and assess the prospects of taking a similar approach with birds. Although birds and insects differ in many ways, there is nothing in the insect-inspired approach of the kind we describe that means these methods need be restricted to insects. On the contrary, adopting such an approach could provide a fresh perspective on the well-studied question of how birds navigate through a variety of environments.
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dc.rightsCopyright The Author(s) 2018. This article is an open access publication. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appro- priate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.en
dc.subjectSpatial learningen
dc.subjectActive visionen
dc.subjectOptic flowen
dc.subjectSensory ecologyen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleTaking an insect-inspired approach to avian navigationen
dc.typeJournal itemen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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