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Optic flow cues guide flight in birds

Bhagavatula, Partha(Parthasarathy; Claudianos, Charles; Ibbotson, Michael; Srinivasan, Mandyam V

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Although considerable effort has been devoted to investigating how birds migrate over large distances, surprisingly little is known about how they tackle so successfully the moment-to-moment challenges of rapid flight through cluttered environments [1]. It has been suggested that birds detect and avoid obstacles [2] and control landing maneuvers [3-5] by using cues derived from the image motion that is generated in the eyes during flight. Here we investigate the ability of budgerigars to fly...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/51137
Source: Current Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.09.009

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