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The Sensory Ecology of Birds

Graham R. Martin


The natural world contains a huge amount of constantly changing information. Limitations on, and specializations within, sensory systems mean that each species receives only a small part of that information. In essence, information is filtered by sensory systems. Sensory ecology aims to understand the nature and functions of those filters for each species and sensory system. Fluxes of information, and the perceptual challenges posed by different natural environments, are so large that sensory and behavioural specializations have been inevitable. There have been many trade-offs in the evolution ... More

Keywords: Vision, hearing, audition, olfaction, smell, touch, taste, magnetoreception, collisions, foraging

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199694532
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199694532.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graham R. Martin, author
Emeritus Professor, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham