Anyone who knows me, or has read my articles knows that I am passionate about wild birds; and not just because of their colors. There are many birds that lack bright and powerful hues and tints. It is the way nature has designed and used those colors to enhance birds’ survival that evokes my appreciation.
Pigment and the way a feather is constructed determine the color of birds’ feathers. The pigments come from just 3 different groups.
Melanins which produce black, brown, rust and pale yellow
Carotenoids that absorb blue light and turn it into red, orange and bright yellow
Porphyrins which make pink, brown, green and rusty red
Humans, animals and plants all have melanin present in different amounts and for different reasons:
In people, melanin determines the color of our skin, the iris of our eyes and the color of our hair. Continue reading Feather Color in Birds