In the ornithology class at U of M, the students are about learn all about color! Bird plumage comes in every color of the rainbow, from the mousiest browns to the brightest oranges. The different hues and tones also have a world of purposes for helping birds to survive, including camouflaging with every habitat available, attracting the finest mates, and even warning less dominant birds who the boss is around here.
While the pigments and structures that make these gorgeous colors may be different, the result is a beautiful, endless array of birds that are diverse enough to keep anyone hooked for a lifetime.
Photo credit: Ash Boudrie