Video and lesson investigations on the topic of the use of color. Key concepts include:
- Color can give useful information.
- Color can act as a warning.
- Color can be an attraction.
- Humans have come to recognize color codes in certain situations and cultures. Red is often sign for danger, green for safe passage.
- Animals have evolved body colors for their own survival, or to attract mates. Some animals recognize food by its color.
- In many bird species, males and females are colored differently.
The females’ drabness blends with their backgrounds and makes them less visible to predators. The males, on the other hand, frequently sport bright plumage in order to attract females.
- Bright colors on reptiles and amphibians often signal to prospective predators that the animal is not good to eat.
Some species of Amazon tree frogs are very colorful, and extremely poisonous if eaten.