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Spectral sensitivity of the accessory optic system of the pigeon.

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von Campenhausen,  M
Former Department Comparative Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Kirschfeld,  K
Former Department Comparative Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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von Campenhausen, M., & Kirschfeld, K. (1998). Spectral sensitivity of the accessory optic system of the pigeon. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 183(1), 1-6. doi:10.1007/s003590050229.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-E93B-8
Abstract
When an animal is moving relative to its surroundings it can nevertheless stabilize the image on the retina, at least partially, by means of the large-held optomotor response. In the animal species investigated so far, this response has been found to be colour-blind as indicated by grey-matching tests, and to involve only photoreceptors sensitive in the long- wavelength region of the spectrum. Here we show that this rule also applies to pigeons, i.e. birds, a group not previously studied in this regard.