Songbirds’ spring plumage is colorful by design

Timothy Hill

Beautiful bird plumage these days matches the color pallet of wildflowers — cardinals as red as Indian paintbrushes, andbluebirds as blue as bluebonnets. It’s not happenstance. Wildflowers attract insects that provide nourishment for birds to sustain themselves and nourish newborn chicks. Several species of birds eat certain plant fruits and […]