Woodpeckers Dyed Red by Invasive Plants

Wildlife NewsInvasive plants dye woodpeckers red

October 12, 2016
Central Ornithology Publication Office
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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