Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hummingbird's Color Changing Feathers

Hummingbirds can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them when needed.

 Picture from Graham Owen Gallery

The bright radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring within their top layer of feathers, like on a soap bubble or prism. Hummingbirds are able to change their colors by simply shifting their position.

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