Birds That Produce The Color Red

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Recently scientists have identified a gene that allows birds to produce the color red in their beaks and retinas.

The color red has been widely associated as a signal for communication in the animal kingdom.Especially this characteristics is used to attract the mates,as female birds are said to be generally attracted to males with beaks that have a brighter red color.The mentioned features of the color red are particularly present among zebra finches, and in a new study, researchers were able to identify, for the first time, the genes that enable them to generate the all-important red pigment in their bodies.

The mentioned features of the color red are particularly present among zebra finches, and in a new study, researchers were able to identify, for the first time, the genes that enable them to generate the all-important red pigment in their bodies.

The team also found the said gene cluster in the retina of the birds.”It was quite a surprise that the same genes are involved both in seeing red colors and making red coloration,” says study author Nick Mundy. Now, the team is looking at further working on the genetics of red coloration in other species, particularly in widow birds and bishops.

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