publication . Article . Other literature type . 2011

Kingfisher feathers - colouration by pigments, spongy nanostructures and thin films

Doekele G. Stavenga; J. Tinbergen; Hein L. Leertouwer; Bodo D. Wilts;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2011 Journal: Journal of Experimental Biology, volume 214, pages 3,960-3,967 (issn: 0022-0949, eissn: 1477-9145, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: The Company of Biologists
The colours of the common kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, reside in the barbs of the three main types of feather: the orange breast feathers, the cyan back feathers and the blue tail feathers. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the orange barbs contain small pigment granules. The cyan and blue barbs contain spongy nanostructures with slightly different dimensions, causing different reflectance spectra. Imaging scatterometry showed that the pigmented barbs create a diffuse orange scattering and the spongy barb structures create iridescence. The extent of the angle-dependent light scattering increases with decreasing wavelength. All barbs have a cortical envelope...
Medical Subject Headings: animal structuresmacromolecular substancessense organsembryonic structures
free text keywords: Insect Science, Animal Science and Zoology, Aquatic Science, Physiology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Molecular Biology, feather barbs, feather cortex, pigment granules, FOURIER-ANALYSIS, KERATIN, BARBS, COLORS, BIRDS, Scattering, Cyan, Feather, visual_art.visual_art_medium, visual_art, Pigment, Scanning electron microscope, Iridescence, Plumage, Biology, Optics, business.industry, business, Light scattering
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