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How Birds Develop into Purple

Written by GrrlScientist

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[Song of the Northern Cardinal, #105598]

Many birds — just like the Northern Cardinal — use the colour crimson as a visible sign. While you’re making an attempt to draw a mate or scare a rival, the redder you might be, the higher.

However most birds have the capability to make crimson feathers, even people who aren’t crimson. It’s because of the motion of a gene recognized in intensely crimson pet birds referred to as Purple-factor Canaries.

[Song of the Red Siskin, #63550]

The Purple-factor Canary is a hybrid – half canary, half Purple Siskin. Researchers discovered that each these species have the “redness gene.” However Purple-factor Canaries have a thousand instances extra crimson pigment of their pores and skin.  [Song of the Red Siskin increases through the next paragraph, almost to the point of annoyance] The distinction? Purple-factor Canaries inherited the siskin’s “genetic change” that activates the redness gene of their pores and skin. So simply having the gene shouldn’t be sufficient: if the genetic change within the pores and skin is turned off … no crimson feathers.

[1-2 seconds of total silence]

Though most birds have the redness gene, just some are crimson. Its presence suggests this gene has one other position — it produces crimson pigments within the eye that improve shade imaginative and prescient. Imaginative and prescient that helps a chook acknowledge a sign — a flash of crimson maybe — in a mate or a rival.

[Song of the Red Siskin, #63550]

For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein.
 
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Music of the Northern Cardinal offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. 105598 recorded by Geoffrey A. Keller, 63550 recorded by Paul A. Schwartz.
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© 2016 Tune In to Nature.org        December 2016/2018/2021        Narrator: Michael Stein

ID# plumage-02-2016-12-16       plumage-02

http://www.forbes.com/websites/grrlscientist/2016/05/20/how-birds-became-r…
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160519130102.htm
http://phys.org/information/2016-05-genes-enable-birds-red.html

Goldsmith, 1984

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