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Orientation of Migratory Restlessness in the White-Crowned Sparrow

Science  08 Jan 1960:
Vol. 131, Issue 3393, pp. 105-106
DOI: 10.1126/science.131.3393.105

Abstract

Individuals of two migratory races of white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) caged under an open sky showed a pronounced orientation in their night restlessness during normal periods of migration for the species. In August and September 1958 most birds showed a southerly orientation at night; daytime activity was random to somewhat northerly. In April and May 1959 most birds showed a strong northerly orientation at night; daytime activity was random to somewhat southerly (1).

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