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Woodpeckers Dyed Red By Introduced Plants

Scientific detective work reveals that yellow woodpeckers with unusual red wing feathers are not the result of genes borrowed from their red-pigmented cousins, but instead, they are the product of eating the berries of introduced invasive plants
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