Ultraviolet colour vision and ornamentationin bluethroats

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) Science Article 18

abstract

Many birds see in the ultraviolet (300^400 nm), but there is limited evidence for colour communication (signalling by spectral shape independently of brightness) in this hidden’ waveband. Such data are critical for the understanding of extravagant plumage colours

STAFFAN ANDERSSON AND TROND AMUNDSEN, Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B (1997) 264, 1587-1591

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