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Visual systems



The visual system is a portion of the nervous system that allows an organism to obtain visual information from its environment and decode it in such a way that the organism can interpret it. There are different components of the complex visual systems of birds (eyes, optic nerves, visual cortex, etc.). The placement of the eyes in the skull, the morphology of the retina, and the visual pigments on it, among other things, influence the way in which birds can perceive their environment and behave towards it. In this website, we will focus on three components of avian vision: visual fields, visual acuity, and visual tracking. We will add more modules in the future (color vision) as we make progress with our own research.



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Updated: 01/09/2010

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