About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Photo Share: Small Gray Birds with a secret


Many birds show plumage patterns in ultraviolet light that are invisible to the human eye. Gray and white birds may look alike to the naked human eye, but birds can distinguish themselves by the presence of ultraviolet reflective patches on their feathers.

The females respond stronger to males with good UV-reflectiveness. An ultraviolet reflective patch might be displayed in courtship by posturing with the brightest UV- plumage fluffed.

This Tufted Titmouse and White-breasted Nuthatch may appear common but the more we understand, the more we can appreciate the beautiful nuances of the world around us. 

Thank you Sylvia for sharing your photos and allowing me to share them on the blog! If anyone else would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com and I'll put it on the Friday Photo posts.

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