[CT Birds] A red bird question...
carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net
Tue Apr 23 12:43:13 EDT 2013
Several years ago, I wrote an article about the arrival timing of PURPLE FINCH
with the flowering of the Red Maple in spring, and how they eat the flowers of
this tree as well as the buds. This spring, as usual, here they are in numbers
as the Red Maples bloom. So a question came up:
Can the bright raspberry red color of the Purple Finch have anything to do with
the bright red of the Maples flowers of which they eat?
I searched that other Finches, besides Purples, also eat the flowers as well.
Three of these birds above also poses Red in their plumage.Plus 13 other species
of birds also eat the buds and flowers of red Maples as well as the seeds. So my
question is, do Purple finch as well as other reddish birds, get their reddish
plumage from eating these red flowers? I know Flamingos require foods with red
in them to get their pink coloring, so could the bright red flowers of the Red
Maple contribute to the bright reds of the Purple finch?
Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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