Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

Painted Bunting
Male Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) on the wintering grounds near Antigua Guatemala. A recent study showed that the plumage coloration of male Painted Bunting is a results of a combination of deposited carotenoids and refraction of light in the microscopic feather structures (Justin, N. M. & R. J. Weaver. 2023. Painting the bunting: carotenoids and structural elements combine to produce the feather coloration of the male Painted Bunting. Ornithology 140: 1-8.).

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