Australian flowers bloom red because of honeyeaters

Many flowering plants converged on similar color to attract common birds

By Sarah Zielinski, 14:04 PM March 6, 2014

Australia is a bird lover’s delight. Even those of us who haven’t taken up birding as an obsession can’t help but be delighted by the wealth of brightly colored, charismatic species.

One large and diverse group of birds commonly found in Australia is the honeyeaters. These small- to medium-sized birds feed on the nectar of flowers, similar to the hummingbirds of the Americas (though honeyeaters don’t share the hummingbirds’ ability to hover).

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