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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?

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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 http://members.myfcb.com/~pthrush/lighting/cvb.html

    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. http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Color_vision

    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. http://www.birdwatchers.com/debtips.html

    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.
    http://www.jelleyjar.com/garden/hummingbird.html

  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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