A Brief Review on Sensing Magnetic Directions in Birds: Radical Pair Processes Involving Cryptochrome

Birds may use the geomagnetic field to find their way around. Behavioral experiments, often with migrating passerines, revealed three characteristics of the avian magnetic compass: (1) it works spontaneously only in a narrow functional window around the intensity of the ambient magnetic field, although it can adapt to other intensities; (2) it is a “inclination…
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