Mechanism of carotenoid coloration in the brightly colored plumages of broadbills (Eurylaimidae)

  title={Mechanism of carotenoid coloration in the brightly colored plumages of broadbills (Eurylaimidae)},
  author={Richard O. Prum and Amy M Lafountain and Christopher J. Berg and Michael J. Tauber and Harry A Frank},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
The plumage carotenoids of six species from five genera of broadbills (Eurylaimidae) have been examined. These plumages are crimson, violet, purple-maroon, or yellow. Two genera also have brilliant green plumages that are produced by a combination of structural coloration and unknown carotenoids. Six different carotenoids from nine different plumage patches were identified, including two previously unknown molecules, using high-performance liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and MS/MS… 
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