Birds of Indian Subcontinent

Breast Feathers as an Air-current Sense Organ for the Control of Flight Behaviour in a Songbird (Carduelis spinus)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1978
Authors:Gewecke, M, Woike, M
Journal:Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Date Published:1978
ISBN Number:1439-0310
Keywords:Carduelis, Carduelis Spinus, Fringillidae, Spinus, Spinus spinus
Abstract:Abstract Analysis of the flight behaviour of siskins (Carduelis spinus) was made possible by tethering them with a harness to a flight balance in a wind tunnel. It could be shown that the breast feathers work as an air-current sense organ influencing the siskins' flight pattern and the aerodynamic parameters.
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