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BirdNote: What Do Birds Smell?

05/05/12 8:57AM
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Birds are often credited with keen eyesight but what about their sense of smell?

Among the many birds of the world, some are, without doubt, prodigious smellers.

For instance, Turkey Vultures have a supremely keen sense of smell to lead them upwind from great distances to their malodorous feasts.

Gray Catbirds may use their sense of smell to help them on migration.

Diminutive seabirds called storm-petrels (like this European Storm-Petrel) are olfactory savants - they can detect the scent of prey from a distance of 25 kilometers!

Find more about petrels here and learn more about BirdNote.


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