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Why are hummingbirds attracted to the color red?

Question by Emily C: Why are hummingbirds attracted to the color red?
I have a red hummingbird feeder in my backyard, and the birds are attracted to it like crazy, and the only reason I can think of is because of its color. Why is that?

Best answer:

Answer by Olivia K
Because the color shades they can see are green and red. And since most of their surroundings are green (trees) the red stands out to them.

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2 Responses to “Why are hummingbirds attracted to the color red?”

  1. lmccay420 on September 23rd, 2010 2:17 pm

    Color Vision of Birds

    Color vision is the capacity of an organism or machine to distinguish objects based on the wavelengths (or frequencies) of the light they reflect or emit.

    Myth: Hummingbirds eat from only red flowers.
    Fact: Yes, hummingbirds are attracted to red, but you need only to observe them for a short period to realize that they will eat from any color of nectar-producing flowers.

    Hummingbirds are most attracted to red, tubular flowers. But they also love any bright colored flowers like yellow, orange, pink. I have had them humming around white petunias in the spring.

  2. icruiseon2 on September 23rd, 2010 2:43 pm

    It is not necessarily the color but they know they usually have a sweat treat for them.

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