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Hummingbirds Can See Colors Invisible to Humans

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by Jake Anderson, The Mind Unleashed

Scientists have known for a while that various animals perceive parts of the light and color spectrum differently and that this affects how different animals perceive color. A new study on broad-tailed hummingbirds has come to a surprising conclusion.

Humans are so used to the rainbow spectrum that it is hard for us to even comprehend that there are different colors that we simply can’t perceive. This new study suggests that a full third of the vision of broad-tailed hummingbirds – Selasphorus platycercus – exist outside human spectrum.

The results, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describe an experiment designed to test whether the birds can tell the difference between spectral colors and a hybrid of UV and spectral colors.

Using a sugar solution as a reward, researchers studied whether non-spectral colors seemed of critical interest to the birds.

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Editor:  We differ with the writer about the source of the extra color cones, but agree it can result in increased survival skills.

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