• Top 25 Birds with Red Plumage

    15 days ago - By National Geographic

    Red plumage is quite common in the bird kingdom, especially in males, who use their red feathers to attract females. Scientists have recently pinpointed how a bird's genetic code allows them to produce red feathers. Birds take in yellow pigments, called carotenoids from their diet, then an enzyme called ketolase allows the bird to convert these to red pigments for the feathers. Their research also showed that birds with red plumage have superior colour vision to other birds, in particular they are better at seeing the colour red.
    Here we present the Top 25 Birds with Red Plumage. This week...
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