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Songbirds Check Compass Against Sunset to Stay on Course

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Science  16 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5669, pp. 373
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5669.373a

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Researchers report on page 405 that night-flying thrushes set their course using a magnetic compass, which they calibrate to the setting sun before takeoff each evening.