Bill Morphology of Ibises Suggests a Remote-Tactile Sensory System for Prey Detection

  title={Bill Morphology of Ibises Suggests a Remote-Tactile Sensory System for Prey Detection},
  author={Susan J. Cunningham and M. Alley and I. Castro and M. Potter and M. Cunningham and M. Pyne},
  • Susan J. Cunningham, M. Alley, +3 authors M. Pyne
  • Published 2010
  • Biology
  • ABSTRACT. Birds that forage by probing must often use senses other than vision to find their prey. Remote touch is a sense based on the interception of vibrations produced by moving prey in the substrate or on the evaluation of pressure patterns produced by hard-shelled sessile prey. In probing birds, this system is mediated by an organ made up of clusters of mechanoreceptors housed within pits in the bone of the bill-tips. This bill-tip organ was first described in probing shorebirds… CONTINUE READING
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