do chickens see in color?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vinniepoch, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. vinniepoch

    vinniepoch In the Brooder

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    well, do they?
     
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    I think that they see color because they seem to be attracted to yellow and red bits of food.

    edited because I didn't proof read.
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2009
  3. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

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    yes. birds see in color. they identify one another by slight variations.
    i have read that birds can see ultraviolet colors also. that is why there are the greens and violet shades in the feathers.
     
  4. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Songster

    They sure love to peck at the little red mole on my arm, while ignoring the black ones. [​IMG]
     
  5. janinepeters

    janinepeters Songster

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    ...And why would the males have such bright plumage if the females couldn't see it?

    Birds also need to see color to help distinguish between different foods. In fact in the wild, certain insects are avoided because birds learn to recognize that that color means poison. Are you familiar with the bright orange monarch butterfly, poisonous to some birds? It is thought that the viceroy butterfly, also bright orange, evolved to look like the monarch, so birds would avoid eating it, too.
     

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