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Auk Editor Pick - Invasive Plants Dye Woodpeckers Red

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An ornithological mystery has 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 in The Auk: Ornithological Advances. Instead, the culprit is a pigment that the birds are ingesting in the berries of exotic honeysuckle plants. Read the full press release at https://americanornithologypubsblog.org/2016/10/12/invasive-plants-dye-woodpeckers-red/.

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