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From Science Daily on 12-Oct-2016 13:49

An ornithological mystery has now been solved. Puzzling red feathers have been popping up in eastern North America's "yellow-shafted" population of Northern Flickers, but they aren't due to genes borrowed from their "red-shafted" cousins to the west, according to a new study. Instead, the culprit is a pigment that the birds are ingesting in the berries of exotic honeysuckle plants.


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