Woodpeckers Dyed Red by Invasive Plants

Wildlife NewsInvasive plants dye woodpeckers red

Date:
October 12, 2016
Source:
Central Ornithology Publication Office
Summary:
An ornithological mystery has now been solved. Puzzling red feathers have been popping up in eastern North America's "yellow-shafted" population of Northern Flickers, but they aren't due to genes borrowed from their "red-shafted" cousins to the west, according to a new study. Instead, the culprit is a pigment that the birds are ingesting in the berries of exotic honeysuckle plants.

Read More: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161012134912.htm



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