Odors as navigational cues for pigeons

October 08, 2020

Odors are known to be essential for navigation during homeward orientation and migration of some bird species. Yet little was known about their chemical composition. An international team has now ...

Icarus starts first global research project

September 10, 2020

With the satellite-based animal monitoring system, researchers want to explore the collective knowledge of the animals on earth. The cooperation project of the Max Planck Society, the Russian space ...

El Condor Pasa

July 13, 2020

Weighing up to 15kilogram, the Andean condor flies up to five hours continuously without flapping its wings. How can a bird of this weight sustain flights of this length? An international team of ...

Wildlife Observation from Space

Video August 16, 2018

Martin Wikelski and his team at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior are investigating the global migration of animals

Icarus – on the move with animals


he animals of our planet are constantly in motion – some may fly, swim, or migrate thousands of kilometers; others move just a few hundred metres. They all have one thing in common, however: little is known about their journeys

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