How does the animal see color

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Birds and reptiles, on the other hand, have four eye cones, which is why they see colors that remain hidden from us.

... that horses can distinguish the colors green, red and yellow from each other, but have difficulties with all shades of blue?

... that fishes Recognize colors? Fish can see colors and thus recognize each other. However, since the fish eyes are to the side, they cannot look forward and can only assess distances poorly.

... that birds can also recognize each other by their colors?
You may also have noticed that male birds, in contrast to females, often have magnificent plumage. During the mating season, the male woos a female with his beautiful plumage and the so-called courtship dance.

... that the inside of a young bird's beak shines in color?
When the beaks are unlocked, these colors become visible and encourage the parents to feed.

... that the plumage of the flamingos is colored by their food?
Flamingos like to eat small crabs. These contain red to yellow pigments, carotenoids, which turn the plumage of birds so beautifully pink.

... that the blaze of color of the fish is not only used for recognition? The many beautiful and bright colors also serve as camouflage or deception. During the spawning season, the colors of some fish are particularly intense.
... that some frog species can change their skin colors depending on their temperature and mood?
Frogs usually have moist and smooth skin that appears brown, green or even brightly colored. Due to the color change, they also adapt to their surroundings and are excellently camouflaged.

... that the color of the polar bears' fur also serves as camouflage?
Polar bears live in the Arctic Sea and in the northern polar regions. A male polar bear can grow up to 3 m tall and weigh 500 kg. This makes him the largest bear in this animal family. Due to its creamy white fur color, it is well camouflaged in its snowy and icy surroundings, so it can sneak up close to its prey. You can test your knowledge of polar bears in our polar bear quiz or create your own polar bear family with our handicraft tip.

... poison dart frogs scare off enemies with their bright, bright skin?
The color is a warning signal for other animals, because in their defense the poison dart frogs secrete a deadly poison through the skin. This poison is also used as a weapon for hunting by the natives of Central and South America. They rub their arrows over the frog's skin.

... that the conspicuous colors of the ladybugs warn? They show the predators of the beetles: “Warning, I'm inedible!” Seven black dots adorn the red wings of the popular ladybird with the sonorous name Coccinella septempuncta. Three points on each wing and one point exactly on the wing seam. The little aphid hunter owes the name seven point to the number of points. The ladybird family includes over 5,000 other species worldwide, such as the two-point, fourteen or even twenty-two point.
The colors of their wings range from a bright yellow, over a red-orange to the rich red of the seven-point and the deep black of some other species. Not all ladybugs have spots or spots. If the wings and the pronotum have a drawing, it can also turn out yellow or red. Butterflies are insects.
... that only butterflies have bright wing colors?
The large butterfly family includes moths and moths. Most butterflies stand out because of their bright wing colors and beautiful wing drawings. The wings of the thicker moths are gray to brown and rarely colorful. All Butterflies have six legs with small claws with which they hold on to stems, tree bark and branches.

... that there are no albinos among the horses? In addition to white fur and pink skin, red eyes are a hallmark of albinism. However, in horses that resemble an albino, the eyes are blue. A mold is also not an albino.

... that a zebra belongs to the class of horses and are sometimes also called tiger horses? Their stripes are hard to see from a distance, making them difficult for predators to spot. Instead, the zebra crossing on the street should show from a distance "Here is a pedestrian crossing!"

... the stripes from Tiger & Co. look like stealth? The fur colors and stripes merge with the colors of the surroundings and make the predators almost invisible.

... that the blaze of color of the flowers is used to attract insects?
Many plant species use the colors, nectar and scent of their flowers to attract insects to reproduce. They feed bees, bumblebees and other flying insects, but they bring the pollen from one plant to another.

... that a chicken lays either white or brown eggs? Chicken eggs can have a white or light brown to medium brown shell. Some brown eggs even have additional speckles. Depending on the breed, a chicken lays either white or brown eggs. You can tell what color a chicken's eggs will be by the color of the small flap of skin on the animal's ear, the so-called ear disc. Animals with a white ear disc lay white eggs, chickens with a red ear disc lay brown eggs.
Egg color does not affect how an egg tastes. Only whether you prefer white eggs or brown eggs as breakfast eggs is a matter of taste.

Text: Nicole Potthoff

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