There is No Such Thing as a Blue Bird


There’s more to color than meets the eye. (Smithsonian)

Use our lesson plan to introduce students to the science of color.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit.

Discussion Ideas






Smithsonian: When is a Blue Bird Not Blue?

Smithsonian: Why Are Some Feathers Blue?

Nat Geo: Galapagos Islands Through the Lens of Color activity

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: How Birds Make Colorful Feathers

Wikipedia Good Article: Structural Coloration

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