Hummingbirds Are The Most Spectacularly Colorful Birds Of All

A newly published study found that the range of colors in the plumages of hummingbirds exceeds the total color diversity of all other bird species combined

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F I G U R E 1 | Diversity of hummingbird plumage color. Photographs of males of eight of the 114 hummingbirds analyzed, showing the incredible diversity of hummingbird plumage color, including saturated blues, greens, and purples. a Panterpes insignis, b Boissonneaua jardini, c Heliodoxa aurescens, d Lophornis ornatus, e Juliamyia julie, f Coeligena bonapartei, g Schistes geoffroyi, and h Atthis ellioti. Photos reproduced with permission of: a–f Glenn Bartley; g Wilmer Quiceno; h John Cahill. (doi:10.1038/s42003–022–03518–2)

I’ve written about bird colors before (more here, here, here, here and here.) And, as you’ve probably noticed, there are a lot…



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