Why Are Birds Different Colors?

Reactions - Uncover the Chemistry in Everyday Life
Subscribe

Youtube ID: L_H1NC5sN50

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.


Sources:

How many bird species

Bird Colors  

Ultraviolet

Parrots

Superblack birds

Ultraviolet puffins

Structural colors

Carotenoids  

Flamingos

Canaries

Carotenoid metabolism in bird  

Melanins in birds

Birds eating pigments

Porphyrins

Structural Coloration

Ever wonder why dogs sniff each others' butts? Or how Adderall works? Or whether it's OK to pee in the pool? We've got you covered: Reactions a web series about the chemistry that surrounds you every day.

Produced by the American Chemical Society.

http://bit.ly/Join_acsmembership

You Might Also Like

Learn from the best and brightest minds in chemistry LIVE every Thursday at 2pm ET!

Popular Chemistry

Culinary Chemistry


Check out these other ACS science videos and podcasts highlighting cutting-edge research from ACS journals and fascinating, weird and timely topics.