The Mighty UV: Birds Use Ultraviolet Emission to Navigate

There are good reasons why birds fly in a “V” pattern. But how do they do it? 

With our Seventh Sense theory, most animals have the ability to emit ultraviolet rays. But we know that birds can see in ultraviolet. So if they can see in ultraviolet, that means they should be able to see other birds 7th Sense. It’s essentially gaze detection on steroids.

Why do I think this is true? Personal experience. When I was incapacitated with anxiety, I noticed something else that was strange: birds would fly in front of my car. I know what you’re thinking: so what, that happens to everyone. Let’s just say it wasn’t uncommon for ten birds to fly in front of my car in a five minute span. Naturally, I began to ask myself if I was possibly causing this. But if I can emit UV rays, they would be able to see them.

If birds can see these UV rays, can they use them to stay in line on these long flights?

I think so. If you use the lead bird as a reference point, each subsequent bird locks one eye on the bird in front of them, and the other on the path ahead. Birds eyes are fixed, but this sense is not. With this UV gridlock pattern, the birds can easily stay in their lanes, and check to see if someone is off course. Imagine me holding a laser pointer telling you where to stand for a hike. It makes it super simple. Not only that, it helps explain the precision in which they do it. 

In a “V”, the birds maximize aerodynamics and visibility, using their seventh sense of UV detection and emission to align their formations with precision.

Sources:

  1. https://www.nwf.org/Magazines/National-Wildlife/2012/AugSept/Animals/Bird-Vision
  2. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160712093355.htm
  3. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2014/01/why-birds-fly-v-formation
  4. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130307092340.htm
  5. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/phenomena/2014/01/15/birds-that-fly-in-a-v-formation-use-an-amazing-trick/
  6. https://elifesciences.org/articles/45071
  7. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40657-017-0092-3
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1690328/