, Volume 39, Issue 10, pp 1161–1163 | Cite as

The pigeon's sensitivity to ultraviolet and ‘visible’ light

  • J. Emmerton
  • M. Remy
Short Communications Neurobiology, Behavior


The pigeon's spectral sensitivity, determined behaviorally between 320 and 640 nm, was maximal at 580 nm. Sensitivity extended into the near-ultraviolet but was, in contrast with previous findings, relatively low at these wavelengths. The discrepancy in results in the UV may be based on functional differences arising from the pigeon's retinal specialization.


Functional Difference Spectral Sensitivity Retinal Specialization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Emmerton
    • 1
  • M. Remy
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychologisches InstitutRuhr-Universität BochumBochum 1(Federal Republic of Germany)

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