How do Manx Shearwaters Puffinus puffinus Find their Burrows?
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1986 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Volume 71, Issue 4, pages 287–294, January-December 1986
How to Cite
James, P. C. (1986), How do Manx Shearwaters Puffinus puffinus Find their Burrows?. Ethology, 71: 287–294. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1986.tb00593.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- Received: June 10, 1985; Accepted: July 10, 1985
The ability of Manx shearwaters (Puffinus puffinus) to locate their nesting burrows at night was investigated using observation and experiments. Shearwaters walking to their burrows did so at random with respect to the wind direction, and did not vocalize, suggesting that visual cues are important to successful burrow homing. Experiments to test whether vision, audition or olfaction functioned in guiding birds back to burrows supported this conclusion.