Story: Bird migration



Studies of silvereyes by ornithologist Wolfgang Wiltschko and others have found that the birds appear to see magnetic fields as a faint colour gradient, indicating the local intensity and direction of the field.

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Christina Troup, 'Bird migration - Navigation and the magnetic field', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Christina Troup, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015