Owls and Infra-Red Radiation

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IN a paper published in 1934, F. L. Vanderplank1 records certain observations which are interpreted as showing that the tawny owl, Strix aluco L., is able to perceive infra-red rays visually, and thus to see in total darkness the small animals on which it preys.

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    Vanderplank, F. L., Proc. Zoo. Soc. London, 505–507 1934).

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    Roggenbau, C., and Wetthauer, A., Klin. Monat. f. Augenheilk., 79, 456 1927).

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MATTHEWS, L., MATTHEWS, B. Owls and Infra-Red Radiation. Nature 143, 983 (1939) doi:10.1038/143983a0

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