Flying at high speed imposes great neurological, biomechanical and physiological challenges to animals. The visual and vestibular systems must quickly integrate information about the movement and generate appropriate responses to coordinate the next move. Obstacle flight is a great paradigm to study reactive animal flight control.
In this project, we used the common rock pigeon as a convenient system to study avian obstacle flight strategies. For details, please refer to my publication on modeling visually guided obstacle flight.