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Berry color as bird attractant

Elizabeth Winter ez052136 at peseta.ucdavis.edu
Mon Jan 23 13:30:56 EST 1995

On 21 Jan 1995, jack sanders wrote:

> Does anyone know of any research on the bird-attracting ability of color -- or 
> possibly translucent coloring -- in berries?                            
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example, does the purple berry of the pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) or
> the red berry of the nightshade or bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara) tend to
> attract certain birds and not others, simply because of the color? 
> ----Jack Sanders, Ridgefield, Conn., jfsanders at delphi.com
I know that flower color has an effect on attracting certain kinds of 
animals and insects.  For example, red flowers attract birds, (large) white 
flowers attract bats, etc.  This may be the same for berry color.

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