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Pigeons home faster through polluted air

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, January 2016
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (96th percentile)

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29 tweeters
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Title
Pigeons home faster through polluted air
Published in
Scientific Reports, January 2016
DOI 10.1038/srep18989
Pubmed ID
Authors

Zhongqiu Li, Franck Courchamp, Daniel T. Blumstein, Li, Zhongqiu, Courchamp, Franck, Blumstein, Daniel T

Abstract

Air pollution, especially haze pollution, is creating health issues for both humans and other animals. However, remarkably little is known about how animals behaviourally respond to air pollution. We used multiple linear regression to analyse 415 pigeon races in the North China Plain, an area with considerable air pollution, and found that while the proportion of pigeons successfully homed was not influenced by air pollution, pigeons homed faster when the air was especially polluted. Our results may be explained by an enhanced homing motivation and possibly an enriched olfactory environment that facilitates homing. Our study provides a unique example of animals' response to haze pollution; future studies are needed to identify proposed mechanisms underlying this effect.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Portugal 1 6%
Mexico 1 6%
Unknown 14 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 4 25%
Researcher 4 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 13%
Unspecified 2 13%
Other 2 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 9 56%
Environmental Science 4 25%
Unspecified 2 13%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 1 6%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 109. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 28 July 2016.
All research outputs
#76,172
of 8,317,929 outputs
Outputs from Scientific Reports
#983
of 36,252 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#4,910
of 319,660 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Scientific Reports
#106
of 2,743 outputs
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