It is abundantly clear that birds are masters of aerial flight, given the speed and agility with which they weave through dense undergrowth and foliage, never missing a turn or colliding with a branch. How do they achieve this mastery?
This study will investigate, for the first time, the visual cues that birds use to control their flight speed, avoid collisions with obstacles, navigate safely through narrow passages and gaps, and plan safe paths through cluttered environments. The results will advance our understanding of how vision mediates rapid and exquisitely tuned behaviour. They will also suggest novel, biologically inspired strategies for guidance of autonomous aerial vehicles.