Avian color vision and coloration : multidisciplinary evolutionary biology

Bennett, Andrew T. D. and Thery, Marc 2007, Avian color vision and coloration : multidisciplinary evolutionary biology, American naturalist, vol. 169, no. supplement, pp. S1-S6.

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Title Avian color vision and coloration : multidisciplinary evolutionary biology
Author(s) Bennett, Andrew T. D.
Thery, Marc
Journal name American naturalist
Volume number 169
Issue number supplement
Start page S1
End page S6
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Place of publication Chicago, Ill.
Publication date 2007-01
ISSN 0003-0147
1537-5323
Summary A fundamental issue in biology is explaining the diversity of coloration found in nature. Birds provide some of the best-studied examples of the evolution and causes of color variation and some of the most arresting color displays in the natural world. They possess perhaps the most richly endowed visual system of any vertebrate, including UV-A sensitivity and tetrachromatic color vision over the 300-700-nm waveband. Birds provide model systems for the multidisciplinary study of animal coloration and color vision. Recent advances in understanding avian coloration and color vision are due to recognition that birds see colors in a different way than humans do and to the ready availability of small spectrometers. We summarize the state of the current field, recent trends, and likely future directions.
Language eng
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, The University of Chicago
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022759

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