Ultraviolet vision in birds: What is its function?

@article{Bennett1994UltravioletVI,
  title={Ultraviolet vision in birds: What is its function?},
  author={Andrew T. D. Bennett and Innes C. Cuthill},
  journal={Vision Research},
  year={1994},
  volume={34},
  pages={1471-1478}
}
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Plumage Colours and the Eye of the Beholder The Ecology of Colour and its Perception in Birds
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This work shows that human colour vision is inadequate for judging animal coloration, and that there is much more going on in bird colour signalling than meets the authors' eye.
The presence of UV wavelengths improves the temporal resolution of the avian visual system
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Measurement of CFF in the chicken showed significantly higher CFF values for full-spectrum compared with white light, as well as a steeper rate of increase with intensity, indicating no special role for the double cone in flicker detection.
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