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African Starlings: Dashing Darlings of the Bird World in More Ways Than One

June 10, 2013

image of the Greater Blue-Eared starling It's not going to happen while you're peering through your binoculars, but African glossy starlings change color more than 10 times faster than their ancestors and even their modern relatives, say researchers at The University of Akron and Columbia University. The changes have led to new species of birds with color combinations previously unseen, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Full Story

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