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dc.contributor.authorPritchard, David James
dc.contributor.authorScott, Renee D.
dc.contributor.authorHealy, Susan Denise
dc.contributor.authorHurly, Andrew T.
dc.identifier.citationPritchard , D J , Scott , R D , Healy , S D & Hurly , A T 2016 , ' Wild rufous hummingbirds use local landmarks to return to rewarded locations ' , Behavioural Processes , vol. 122 , pp. 59-66 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 229859955
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 52f30709-3644-4c50-94f6-6e56909bf483
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:02ECAF884F497F50DA079FA9AC5ED95C
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84947798909
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-8059-4480/work/60631314
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000368964300009
dc.descriptionThis work was supported by the University of St Andrews, the University of Lethbridge and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada.en
dc.description.abstractAnimals may remember an important location with reference to one or more visual landmarks. In the laboratory, birds and mammals often preferentially use landmarks near a goal (“local landmarks”) to return to that location at a later date. Although we know very little about how animals in the wild use landmarks to remember locations, mammals in the wild appear to prefer to use distant landmarks to return to rewarded locations. To examine what cues wild birds use when returning to a goal, we trained free-living hummingbirds to search for a reward at a location that was specified by three nearby visual landmarks. Following training we expanded the landmark array to test the extent that the birds relied on the local landmarks to return to the reward. During the test the hummingbirds' search was best explained by the birds having used the experimental landmarks to remember the reward location. How the birds used the landmarks was not clear and seemed to change over the course of each test. These wild hummingbirds, then, can learn locations in reference to nearby visual landmarks.
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dc.rightsCopyright © 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V. This work is made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at:
dc.subjectSpatial cognitionen
dc.subjectSpatial learningen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectQL Zoologyen
dc.titleWild rufous hummingbirds use local landmarks to return to rewarded locationsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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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