Could Robins Navigate Using Quantum Physics?

Over at PhysOrg.com there is a report of something I find amazing.

In an effort to understand the robin’s “compass”, scientist from Oxford University and Singapore introduced small amounts of “magnetic noise” into the environment. It disrupted the robin’s biological guidance system. Once the noise was removed, the navigation ability of the small fowls returned. Get this, they are attributing this to quantum coherence!

I don’t ever recall of any animal that uses quantum physics before.

The article states:

In their analysis the Oxford/Singapore team show that only a system with components operating at a quantum level would be this sensitive to such a small amount of noise.

The article also explained that the trick to getting any use out of quantum coherence is to maintain it’s state. The article claims that the robins can sustain such state longer than the materials we currently make.