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You Can't Judge a Pigment by Its Color: Carotenoid and Melanin Content of Yellow and Brown Feathers in Swallows, Bluebirds, Penguins, and Domestic Chickens

The two main pigment types in bird feathers are the red, orange, and yellow carotenoids and the black, gray, and brown melanins. Reports conflict, however, regarding the potential for melanins to produce yellow colors or for carotenoids to produce brown plumages. We used high-performance liquid... Full description

1st Person: McGraw, Kevin J.
Additional Persons: Wakamatsu, Kazumasa verfasserin; Ito, Shosuke verfasserin; Nolan, Paul M. verfasserin; Jouventin, Pierre verfasserin; Dobson, F. Stephen verfasserin; Austic, Richard E. verfasserin; Safran, Rebecca J. verfasserin; Siefferman, Lynn M. verfasserin; Hill, Geoffrey E. verfasserin; Parker, Robert S. verfasserin
Source: in The condor : ornithological applications Vol. 106, No. 2 (2004), p. 390-395
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 2004
Keywords: research-article
Aptenodytes patagonicus
Carotenoids
Eudyptes chrysolophus
Gallus domesticus
Hirundo rustica
Melanins
Sialia sialis
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