Why Are Birds Different Colors?

Above all else, a bird's color is what sets it apart from other birds. Learn what creates their unique plumage in an installment of a video series. The video presents the physical and chemical reasons for the variation in colors as well as how light creates different shades.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Prior to watching the video, have the class create hypotheses predicting the reason for different feather colors
  • Have learners make a list of new vocabulary while watching the lesson; discuss these new words as a class
Classroom Considerations

  • Prior knowledge of melanin and pigments is helpful

  • Uses both images and text to describe the scientific concepts
  • Examines a wide range of species and colors of plumage

  • None
Common Core