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Red-feathered birds suffer from eye damage

23 April 2012

Red-feathered birds suffer from eye damage



Red feathered birds include many familiar species


Birds with red, orange or chestnut feathers are more likely to suffer from eye damage, researchers have found.

Scientists discovered the link after analysing the lenses in the eyes of 81 different species of bird.

Birds known for their bright flashes of colour, such as robins, were found to be more prone to cataracts.

Dr Ismael Galvan from Paris-Sud University, who led the study, said the results could have implications for other species, including humans.

A cataract is when the clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy, limiting the passage of light and affecting vision. (...)

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17769407

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