Why Are Birds Different Colors?

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Reactions Science Videos | April 02, 2019

There are thousands of species of birds and with great numbers come great biodiversity. Birds are among the most colorful animals on the planet so today we're taking a look at how birds use science to employ a wide range of chemical and physical tricks when it comes to feathers.


How many bird species

Bird Colors  



Superblack birds

Ultraviolet puffins

Structural colors




Carotenoid metabolism in bird  

Melanins in birds

Birds eating pigments


Structural Coloration

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