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Migratory bird populations have taken a nose dive in the past 40 years. But you can help bring their numbers back by creating beneficial, beautiful and fun habitats in your own backyard. Discover favorite plants and environments that shelter and feed colorful songbirds, as well as how to make them feel welcome by offering their preferred natural foods.

Grandma Pearl
(Connie Smith)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How Do Birds Get Their Colors?

Male Indigo Bunting foraging for seeds
How Do Birds Get Their Colors?
by Grandma Pearl

Have you ever wondered why some birds have iridescent patches; or why Northern Cardinals are red; or what makes Blue Jays blue? How dull would life be without the colors that punctuate our lives?  Everywhere you look Mother Nature has given us a huge paint box full of colors; and she reserves her most diverse color palette for our backyard birds.

My two most memorable gifts were my first watch, because I have always been fascinated with the concept of time and how it surrounds and consumes us; and the industrial size box of 64 crayons!  Later on Crayola bested themselves with an even larger size, which I was very fortunate to receive as a gift as well. 

Male Northern Cardinal
by Grandma Pearl

Colors, especially those emanating from the natural world, nurture and feed my creative soul.  They determine in large part how I feel, whether it be happy on a sunny, green goddess day; or contemplative when the wind blows cold and grey.

So how do birds’ feathers develop their colorations? 

Pigment and how the feather is constructed determine the color of birds' feathers.  The pigments come from just 3 different groups.  To learn about these pigments and where they come from, and why blue jay feathers look blue even though they are really dark brown, click here

Grandma Pearl

Learn about The Sounds of Hummingbirds   
Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
by Grandma Pearl
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