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Science. 2004 Oct 29;306(5697):835.

Partner-specific odor recognition in an Antarctic seabird.

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Behavioural Ecology Group, CNRS-Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, 1919 route de Mende, F-34293 Montpellier, Cedex 5, France. bonadonna@cefe.cnrs.fr

Abstract

Among birds, the Procellariiform seabirds (petrels, albatrosses, and shearwaters) are prime candidates for using chemical cues for individual recognition. These birds have an excellent olfactory sense, and a variety of species nest in burrows that they can recognize by smell. However, the nature of the olfactory signature--the scent that makes one burrow smell more like home than another--has not been established for any species. Here, we explore the use of intraspecific chemical cues in burrow recognition and present evidence for partner-specific odor recognition in a bird.

PMID:
15514149
DOI:
10.1126/science.1103001
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