Data from: Unilateral hippocampal lesions and the navigational performance of homing pigeons as revealed by GPS-tracking

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Gagliardo A, Pollonara E, Casini G, Bingman VP. 2022. Unilateral hippocampal lesions and the navigational performance of homing pigeons as revealed by GPS-tracking. Ethol Ecol Evol. doi:10.1080/03949370.2022.2152105

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Gagliardo A, Pollonara E, Bingman VP, Casini G (2022) Data from: Unilateral hippocampal lesions and the navigational performance of homing pigeons as revealed by GPS-tracking. Movebank Data Repository. doi:10.5441/001/1.8vt33535
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Abstract The left and right hippocampal formation (HF) of the avian brain have been reported to control some different aspects of homing in pigeons. In the current study, we employed GPS-tracking technology and unilateral HF lesions to further explore what if any aspects of a pigeon’s homing flight might be under dominant control by either the left or right HF. Pigeons were released from three locations prior to any experimental manipulation and released repeatedly from the same three sites as sham-lesioned control, right HF-lesioned and left HF-lesioned treatment groups. Analyses of homing performance and virtual vanishing bearings revealed no effect of either lesion treatment. A more in-depth analysis of path efficiency during the initial decision-making, en route and near home phases of a homing flight also revealed no effect of either lesion treatment. A last analysis on the learning and memory for positions along a previously flown route, a proxy for investigating the development of route fidelity, also revealed no effect of either unilateral lesion. However, independent of treatment group, some statistically significant effects were observed with respect to changes in performance across training and the different release sites. The current study revealed no detectable difference between the left and right HF-lesioned pigeons with respect to several navigational parameters of a homing flight. Although in need of supporting experimentation, the results are consistent with the hypothesis that both the left and right HF are similarly able to support several aspects of homing pigeon navigation.
Keywords animal movement, animal navigation, animal tracking, brain lateralization, Columba livia, GPS logger, homing pigeon, navigation, spatial learning,

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