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Maybe birds can have it all: Dazzling colors and pretty songs

June 18, 2014

tanagers are the most colorful birds in the world A study of one of the world's largest and most colorful bird families has dispelled a long-held notion, first proposed by Charles Darwin, that animals are limited in their options to evolve showiness. Full Story

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