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Graham R. Martin; What is binocular vision for? A birds' eye view.

Integrating brain, behavior, and phylogeny to understand the evolution of sensory systems in birds

Out of all its senses, birds rely tremendously on their vision. Since their reliance on vision is so significant, birds have developed unique characteristics in processing these types of information over million years of natural selection. Avian eyes occupy a much larger volume of their head than do the eyes of other mammals. Large eyes are necessary in order for them to find food, identify potential mates, escape from predators, and aid in general orientation. Their remarkable color perception, spatial and temporal resolution, visual learning and memory capabilities have been diligently studied over the past 40 years.

Birds eyes are proportionately much larger than human eyes. Eagles and owls have eyes of a similar size to humans, while ostrich eyes are nearly twice as large as the human eye. It is not uncommon among song birds for their eyes to be the same size as their brains. Birds eyes are not spherical. In fact, the exact shape differs depending on the species, unlike mammals. The massive size of avian eyes allow for a sharp, large images, while the enlarged pupil allows more light to enter the eye, enabling birds to see in much dimmer light.

The fovea is packed with , cones per square millimeter - twice that of a human. Hawks have even more, coming in at 1,,! The high density of retinal cells enables them to see in much finer detail then human. The outer most portion of the eye, the sclera, contains cartilage just as it does in reptiles.

Its surface is opaque, turning clear in exposed regions, and it coordiantes with various other tissues of the eye to form the cornea. STURKIE The relative size of the sclera changes depending on the species, remaining very small in underwater swimming birds and large in those who are nocturnal. Unlike in mammals, the ciliary muscles in birds eyes attach directly to their cornea without an intermediate ligament like the zonules.

Avian ciliary muscles also are fast muscle fibers, including a high concentration of mitochondria. In some aquatic birds this along with the softness of the avian lens has made it possible for them to compensate for the refractive loss in the cornea while under water.

In addition to being able to adjust the shape of their lens with the aid of ciliary muscles, like other vertebrates, some birds also have a set of muscles around the cornea called Crampton's muscles. Like many mammals, birds have a small blind spot without photo-receptors at the optic disc, where the optic nerve and blood vessels join the eye. The highly specialized avian eye contains rods, two types of cone receptors - four types of single cones permitting tetrachromatic color vision, and a set of double-cone photoreceptors.

Avian retinas are similar to most other vertebrates. Birds have relatively large eyes compared to the size of their body which permits a large image to be projected onto the retina. They have a higher density of photoreceptors which is critical in determining visual acuity. Noctural birds like the owl have almost all rods which help with night vision.

Light passes through the retina and forms the image on the pigmented epithelium at the back of the eye. The fovea has the greatest density of receptors and is located in the center of the retina.

Birds have a small blind spot which has no photoreceptors under the optic disc near the optic nerve. Unlike humans, birds do not compensate for the blind spot by filling it in with the surrounding picture the eye processes.

Instead, it remains an area with no vision. All birds contain three eyelids. The two outer eyelids for birds are not used for blinking. The necessary function of lubricating the eye is instead carried out by the nictitating membrane, or third eyelid.

It swipes across the cornea horizontally and is transparent allowing for full time visibility. When not in use, the nictitating membrane stays in the corner of the eye. The nictitating membrane is necessary for survival since losing a fraction of second while flying 60 miles per hour among trees could be fatal. The nictitating membrane also maintains hygiene and cornea protection [5].

It is suspected that some birds may fly with the third eyelid covering the cornea of the eye, which prevents it from drying out during flight, acting like birdy goggles.

Eyelid movement is controlled by 4 striated muscles. The levator palpebrae superioris muscle, which has both skeletal and smooth muscle fibers, elevates the upper eyelid, whereas the depressor palpebrae ventralis muscle, as its name implies, depresses the lower lid. The 2 other muscles, the tensor periorbitae and orbicularis oculi, which may actually be one and the same muscle, encircle the eyelid and are innervated by the mandibular nerve.

Biologist continue to grapple with the reasons for natures vast diversity of coloration in the natural world. Birds are among the most studied examples of diverse coloration, with some of the most striking array of variation and display in the natural world. They are known for having the most richly endowed visual system of any vertebrate, with high UV-A sensitivity and tetrachromatic vision, able to see wavelength of to nm.

Most birds are tetrachromats or have four types of cone cells; red, green, blue and ultraviolet. These four types of cones are what allows them to process a wider wavelength spectrum than humans.

Their spectrum extends to the UV range of nm. Although birds are not the only ones who have UV vision fish, amphibians, reptiles, and insects also have the ability , it does provide them with evolutionary advantages. One of the most important functions is orientation. UV vision gives birds an advantage over trichromats and dichromats in being able to identify shapes and objects which facilitates in travel.

Another important function is the increased ability to look for food. UV vision allows birds to more easily spot insects, berries, seeds and mammals [8]. Another function is signaling, especially during mate selection. The UV allows birds to differentiate between the desirable and undesirable candidates for mating.

The pecten oculi is a nonsensory, highly vascular, pigmented structure unique to birds and is located in the vitreous chamber. There are three morphological types of pecten oculi in birds; conical, vaned, and pleated [9]. The shapes and number of pleats are different among nocturnal and diurnal birds. Diurnal birds usually have a larger pecten and more folds than nocturnal birds.

It is folded and pleated to increase surface area [10]. The pecten oculi moves the blood vessels in the back of the eye resulting in a sharper image [9]. Also, it acts like a central retinal artery in the eye and supplies oxygen to the retina, provides pressure regulation, pH regulation, stabilizes the vitreous, and reduces glare in the eye.

It has been suggested that there are 30 more functions the pecten oculi performs [9] [10]. When looking at the visible light spectrum, we can see that different colors correspond to specific wavelengths.

But color is not that simple. While humans look at the sky and see blue, birds see it much differently, even though it is the same wavelength hitting each retina. This is a hard concept to realize because we generally think that what we see is the truth, and everyone else must see it the same way because they are looking at the same thing. But color vision is based on how different photoreceptors respond, in comparison to each other, to a specific wavelength and combination of wavelengths.

Every type of photoreceptor in every species responds slightly differently to the same wavelength, so the color is perceived differently. Color perception is a very complex process through higher order neuronal processing that has to do with the relationship between photoreceptor, bipolar, ganglion, amacrine and horizontal cells in the retina, as well as the pathways the signals use to travel to the brain.

Color is then analyzed in the brain before a specific color is perceived [11]. Birds have one of the most sophisticated systems of cone photoreceptors among vertebrates. Their vision is most comparable to reptiles out of all the classes of animals. Most birds are able to see wavelengths over a long range, many times reaching past the visible light range into the ultra-violet light range.

It is thought that birds are also able to see polarized light and use magnetoreception to directionally orient themselves which is dependent on wavelengths of ambient light.

Many animals are dichromatic, meaning they have two types of cones that each have a different range of wavelengths, while humans and other primates are trichromatic, having 3 types of cones. Because most species of birds have four types of cones, they are tetrachromatic. There is evidence leading to pigeons being pentachromatic with five types of cones, and if this were proven true many people believe that more birds would turn up to be pentachromatic [12].

Therefore, in addition to the rod cells, birds have generally 5, and possibly 6 types of photoreceptors. The 4 types of cones consist of 3 cones similar to ours in the blue, green and red spectrum of visible light, with the 4th cone being either in the violet spectrum or down in the ultra-violet spectrum. In addition to the main types of cones, birds also have double cones. These consist of 2 types of cones known as principal and accessory members. These double cones are two cells attached to each other so they are able to communicate with each other in a very direct way.

They use this communication for many different functions that are not all known. There is some thought that they are used for mostly achromatic functions like detecting polarized light and motion detection and that mostly only the single cones are used for detecting color [11].

Others believe these cones do help with color detection. While it is not fully understood what the purpose of these double cones are, it is thought that some of the processing of vision that happens in the brains of humans starts in these photoreceptors of birds [13].

One thing that makes birds different from most other species is that they have oil droplets in the inner segment of their cones, right on the border between the inner and exterior segments. These oil droplets provide an extra medium for the wavelengths to pass through before reaching visual pigment and activating the cone. The main purpose of the oil droplet is to narrow the range of wavelengths that the cell responds to by absorbing some of the longer wavelengths so they can't pass through.

With narrower absorption spectra, the cones have less overlap with each other making it so birds can see a greater number of colors. These oil droplets are colored by different densities of carotenoids to filter out different wavelengths of light.

The longer wavelength red cones have oil droplets with more carotenoids so they are darker red. The opsin-like protein in each cone along with the oil droplet determines the maximum absorbance wavelength for that cone type. This maximum is just the peak of the curve of the range of wavelengths that each cone absorbs. In average maximum wavelength absorptions for different species of birds is as follows:. The density of photoreceptors on the retina determines the visual acuity of the animal. Humans have about , receptors per mm 2 , while birds have 2 to 5 times this amount.

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Vision is the most important sense for birds , since good eyesight is essential for safe flight. Birds have a number of adaptations which give visual acuity superior to that of other vertebrate groups; a pigeon has been described as "two eyes with wings". Birds have the largest eyes relative to their size in the animal kingdom, and movement is consequently limited within the eye's bony socket. The eye's internal anatomy is similar to that of other vertebrates, but has a structure, the pecten oculi , unique to birds. Some bird groups have specific modifications to their visual system linked to their way of life. Birds of prey have a very high density of receptors and other adaptations that maximise visual acuity.

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