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Astaxanthin is Responsible for the Pink Plumage Flush in Franklin's and Ring-Billed Gulls

Carotenoid pigments produce the red, orange, and yellow plumage of many birds. Carotenoid-containing feathers are typically rich in color and displayed by all adult members of the species. In many gulls and terns, however, an unusual light pink coloring (or flush) to the normally white plumage... Full description

1st Person: McGraw, Kevin J.
Additional Persons: Hardy, Lisa S. verfasserin
Source: in Journal of field ornithology Vol. 77, No. 1 (2006), p. 29-33
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 2006
Keywords: research-article
carotenoid pigmentation
Laridae
Larus delawarensis
Larus pipixcan
plumage coloration
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