• The Colorful Critters

    10 days ago - By Ornithology

    Birds are among the most colorful of animals, their colored feathers evolving mainly as an adaptation for reproduction. Males of species such as hummingbirds, sunbirds and t tanagers attract mates with their colors and Red-winged Blackbirds establish and defend territories with their blazing epaulets. And of course, in the thickness of tropical forests, the range of spectacular colors lets all of the birds know who's who. Other birds, for protection, have evolved disruptive coloration, patterns that break up their outline, such as banded plovers, and birds like nighthawks and bitterns have...
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