Comparison of eye morphology and retinal topography in two species of New World vultures (Aves: Cathartidae).

@article{Lisney2013ComparisonOE,
  title={Comparison of eye morphology and retinal topography in two species of New World vultures (Aves: Cathartidae).},
  author={Thomas J. Lisney and Karyn Stecyk and Jeffrey Kolominsky and Gary R Graves and Douglas R Wylie and Andrew N Iwaniuk},
  journal={Anatomical record},
  year={2013},
  volume={296 12},
  pages={1954-70}
}
Vultures are highly reliant on their sensory systems for the rapid detection and localization of carrion before other scavengers can exploit the resource. In this study, we compared eye morphology and retinal topography in two species of New World vultures (Cathartidae), turkey vultures (Cathartes aura), with a highly developed olfactory sense, and black vultures (Coragyps atratus), with a less developed sense of olfaction. We found that eye size relative to body mass was the same in both… CONTINUE READING
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