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Spring 2013
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Birds-of-Paradise

Now You See It…

Iridescent feathers appear black or dull one moment, then flash into glittering color as light hits them at just the right angle. The colors are produced as the feather’s microscopic structure reflects some colors while eliminating others. The Ribbon-tailed Astrapia presents an outstanding example of how iridescence can transform the look of a bird almost instantly. Filmed and photographed by Tim Laman.


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