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Fifty shades of white: how white feather brightness differs among species

Igic, Branislav; D'Alba, Liliana; Shawkey, Matthew D.

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White colouration is a common and important component of animal visual signalling and camouflage, but how and why it varies across species is poorly understood. White is produced by wavelength-independent and diffuse scattering of light by the internal structures of materials, where the degree of brightness is related to the amount of light scattered. Here, we investigated the morphological basis of brightness differences among unpigmented pennaceous regions of white body feathers across 61...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/159334
Source: Naturwissenschaften
DOI: 10.1007/s00114-018-1543-3

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