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The Sciences

You Think You Know Someone..

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumJanuary 18, 2011 9:49 PM


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Nemo and I have been together for nine years. A long time--especially in parakeet years. So you can imagine my surprise when her new veterinarian Dr. M. Scott Echols immediately recognized and recorded her special super power: Dr. Echols explained that some budgies--particularly in wild populations--fluoresce under UV light. As he describes in the video, this energetically costly characteristic may help with individual identification, social signaling, and mate selection.

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