The Royal Red flight of the Knysna Turaco by chrishpetersen

The crimson wing feathers of the Knysna Turaco were highly valued by the chiefs of Swazi and Zulu royal families.

While the green and blue feathers of the Turaco are quite beautiful, you only see the magnificent red wings in flight.

Most bird feathers only reflect colors of light. Turaco feathers are very unique in that they contain actual pigments derived from copper and other minerals. Put a Turaco red wing feather in a glass of water and it will turn the water pink.
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