Magnetic compass orientation in birds and its physiological basis

  title={Magnetic compass orientation in birds and its physiological basis},
  author={Wolfgang Wiltschko and Roswitha Wiltschko},
A current model suggests that magnetoreception of compass information starts with light-dependent primary processes. Light-dependency of magnetoreception is supported by behavioral experiments with homing pigeons and caged migratory birds. Three passerine species showed normal orientation under dim monochromatic light from the blue-green range of the spectrum, while they were disoriented under yellow and red light. A sevenfold increase in intensity and pre-exposure to specific wavelengths… CONTINUE READING
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