Development of the Visual System in a Burrow-Nesting Seabird: Leach's Storm Petrel

  title={Development of the Visual System in a Burrow-Nesting Seabird: Leach's Storm Petrel},
  author={Mindaugas Mitkus and Gabrielle A Nevitt and Almut Kelber},
  journal={Brain, Behavior and Evolution},
  pages={4 - 16}
Little is known about the development of vision in wild birds. It is unknown, for example, whether the ability to see can be predicted by the level of prenatal growth or whether the eyes are open at hatching in a particular species. In this study, we investigated the growth of eyes, the formation of retinal ganglion cell topography, and the appearance of simple, visually guided behaviours in chicks of a small procellariiform seabird, Leach's storm petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa). This semi… 

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