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Reference: Tim Guilford, Robin Freeman, Dave Boyle et al., (2011). A dispersive migration in the Atlantic puffin and its implications for migratory navigation. PLoS ONE, 6 (7), Article: e21336.Citable link to this page:

 

A dispersive migration in the Atlantic puffin and its implications for migratory navigation

Abstract: Navigational control of avian migration is understood, largely from the study of terrestrial birds, to depend on either genetically or culturally inherited information. By tracking the individual migrations of Atlantic Puffins, Fratercula arctica, in successive years using geolocators, we describe migratory behaviour in a pelagic seabird that is apparently incompatible with this view. Puffins do not migrate to a single overwintering area, but follow a dispersive pattern of movements changing through the non-breeding period, showing great variability in travel distances and directions. Despite this within-population variability, individuals show remarkable consistency in their own migratory routes among years. This combination of complex population dispersion and individual route fidelity cannot easily be accounted for in terms of genetic inheritance of compass instructions, or cultural inheritance of traditional routes. We suggest that a mechanism of individual exploration and acquired navigational memory may provide the dominant control over Puffin migration, and potentially some other pelagic seabirds, despite the apparently featureless nature of the ocean.

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Peer reviewedVersion:Publisher's version Funder: Microsoft Research Cambridge   Funder: University of Oxford   Notes:�� 2011 Guilford et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Publisher: Public Library of Science

Publisher Website: http://www.plos.org

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Issue Date: 2011-July

Copyright Date: 2011

pages:Article: e21336Identifiers

Doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0021336

Eissn: 1932-6203

Urn: uuid:fa6c2dd9-070c-4758-981f-52dcf7b8a33a Item Description

Type: Article: post-print;

Language: en

Version: Publisher's versionKeywords: birds migration Atlantic PuffinsSubjects: Zoological sciences Tiny URL: ora:5899

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Author: Tim Guilford - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyMathematical,Physical and Life Sciences Division - Zoology - - - Robin Free

Source: https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:fa6c2dd9-070c-4758-981f-52dcf7b8a33a



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