Feather Coloration

Malayan Peacock-Pheasant (Polyplectron malacense) Feathers ©WikiC

Malayan Peacock-Pheasant (Polyplectron malacense) Feathers ©WikiC

Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? (Job 39:13 KJV)

Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And her feathers with yellow gold.” (Psalms 68:13 NKJV)

and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “A great eagle with large wings and long pinions, Full of feathers of various colors, Came to Lebanon And took from the cedar the highest branch. (Ezekiel 17:3 NKJV)

Our Lord Jesus Christ has created an amazing array of colored feathers to clothe our avian friends. Found these intesting facts in the following book:

Feather Colors (by Dr Roger Lederer)

Good ground - American Yellow Warbler (Dendroica aestiva) by J Fenton

Good ground – American Yellow Warbler (Dendroica aestiva) by J Fenton

“The colors of feathers are produced in two ways: pigment and structure.

Brown, gray, yellow, black, tan, orange, and related colors are caused by pigments in the feathers.”

Brevard Zoo 120913 by Lee

Red-crested Turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus) Brevard Zoo by Lee

“The turaco family of Africa contains red and green copper pigments found in no other animal. Int other birds, different pigments combined with light refraction produce such colors.”

Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) Female by Ian

Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) Female by Ian

“Bluebird blue, parrot green, white, metallic red, and iridescence are produced by the structure of the feather. To produce blue color, brown granules in the barbs of the feather scatter light–red and yellow wavelengths pass through the granules, while blue is reflected.”

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) for ajmithra's article

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides)

“If your find a feather from a blue bird–a bluebird or jay, for example–look at the feather in your hand: it will appear blue. Then hold the feather up to the light and look through it; it will appear brown.”

(From – “Feather Colors”, p.83, The Amazing Bird Facts and Trivia by Dr Roger Lederer)

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All About Birds – Color

All About Birds – Feathers and Plumages

Why Are Some Feathers Blue? – Smithsonian

How Do Birds Get Their Color? – 10,000 Birds

Feather – Wikipedia

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Birds of the World – Subspecies With Various “Colors”

Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata) by Nikhil Devasar

Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata) by Nikhil Devasar

Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. (Genesis 2:19 NASB)

While working on the new updates for the IOC 2.10 Version, I kept noticing the word “color” in the scientific names as I sorted and resorted the Excel spreadsheet. This is a third of the “color” articles. There are concolordiscolor, bicolor, tricolor, unicolor, quadricolor, quinticolor, multicolor,  versicolor, nocticolor, coelicolor, decolor, fumicolor, niscolor,  schisticolor,  subunicolor, sitticolor.

In the subspecies (ssp.) there are a few additional “colors” that show up – arenicolor, caelicolor, caerebicolor, cervinicolor, deserticolor, ruficolor, terricolor.   For now, let’s see what the subspecies “color” birds are. Most have just only one or two birds with that “color” name. Where a photo of the subspecies could not be found, the nominate bird is shown.

arenicolor = aren, sand + color

Bar-tailed Lark (Ammomanes cinctura arenicolor) by Keith Blomerley

The Bar-tailed Lark (Ammomanes cinctura) is a species of lark in the Alaudidae family. It is found in Afghanistan, Algeria, Cape Verde, Chad, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel and Palestine, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia,and Yemen. Its natural habitat is hot deserts.

I do not know Latin, nor what Scientific words mean, but I have a copy of the Latin Vulgate on my e-Sword Program. I decided to look up these words and see what I might find. While searching for “aren” I found the word “harenam” which translates to “sand.”

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. (Psalms 139:17-18 KJV)

caelicolor = sky blue + color

caeli” translates to “heaven” in most verses.

The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them. (Psalms 89:11 KJV)

See Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis caelicolor)

Paradise Tanager (Tangara_chilensis) -DenverZoo-©WikiC

Paradise Tanager (Tangara_chilensis) -DenverZoo-©WikiC

caerebicolor = caer (blue) + bicolor (Having two colors)

(Couldn’t figure this one out in Latin)

Blue Dacnis (Dacnis cayana, ssp caerebicolor)

Blue Dacnis (Dacnis cayana) by Dario Sanches

Blue Dacnis (Dacnis cayana) by Dario Sanches

Velvet Flycatcher (Myiagra hebetior) also known as Dull or Lesser Shining Flycatcher
The Dull Flycatcher (Myiagra hebetior) is a species of bird in the Monarchidae family. It is endemic to Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montanes.

cervinicolor = cervix (neck) + color

cervi” translates to “neck” in most verses. (cervis = stiff-necked)

He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. (Proverbs 29:1 NKJV)

Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto) by Ian

Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto) by Ian (closest to Velvet I could find)

Velvet Flycatcher (Myiagra hebetior cervinicolor)

deserticolor = desert + color

deserti” translates to “desert” or “wilderness“.

Indian Scops Owl (Otus bakkamoena) pair by Nikhil Devasar

Indian Scops Owl (Otus bakkamoena) pair by Nikhil Devasar

Indian Scops Owl (Otus bakkamoena deserticolor) – Video IBC

“A medium (smaller than the Collared) sized scops owl with large conspicuous ear-tufts. Sandy grey-brown, spotted and mottled dark brown and black. There is also a rufous phase. Underparts light grey-buff. Has a distinct nuchal collar and also a second collar on nape. Eyes are dark brown.” (Delhibird)

Common Miner (Geositta cunicularia) ©WikiC

Common Miner (Geositta cunicularia) ©WikiC

Common Miner (Geositta cunicularia deserticolor)

“The Common Miner (Geositta cunicularia) is a passerine bird of South America, belonging to the ovenbird family. It is a ground-dwelling bird which feeds on insects and seeds. It has about 9 different subspecies, some of which may be better treated as separate species.
It is 14 to 16 cm long with a fairly long, slightly downcurved bill. The plumage varies geographically but is basically brown above and pale below with a streaked breast, pale stripe over the eye, dark edge to the ear-coverts and pale rufous bar across the wing. The tail is dark with a buff base and variable amounts of buff on the outer feathers. The trilling song is often given in flight and also varies geographically.” (Wikipedia)

Chinese White-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus dubius deserticolor) Video by Keith Blomerley

The Chinese White-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus dubius) is a true finch species (family Fringillidae). It is one of the rosefinches that might belong in the genus Propasser.
It is found in China and Tibet. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and temperate shrubland.

ruficolor = rufilata (Latin), rufus, reddish + color

rufi” translates to “red” or “Rufus“-a name.

In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; (Zechariah 6:2 KJV)
in quadriga prima equi rufi et in quadriga secunda equi nigri (Zechariah 6:2 Vulgate)

Thekla Lark (Galerida theklae) by ©WikiC

Thekla Lark (Galerida theklae) by ©WikiC

Thekla Lark (Galerida theklae ruficolor) Video IBC

“The Thekla Lark, Galerida theklae, breeds in Iberia, northern Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Somalia. It is a sedentary species. This is a common bird of dry open country, often at some altitude. It nests on the ground, laying two to six eggs. Its food is weed seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season.
This is a smallish lark, slightly smaller than Skylark. It has a long spiky erectile crest. It is greyer than Skylark, and lacks the white wing and tail edged of that species.” (Wikipedia)

terricolor = terr- (dry land) or (land, earth, ground) + color

“terr+” brought up “3,147 verses found, 3547 matches” (Needless to say, I did not check them all out.) “terra” translates as above, “earth”, “land”, “ground.”

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 KJV)

Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata) by Nikhil Devasar

Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata) by Nikhil Devasar

Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata terricolor) Video IBC – Photo

“The Plain Prinia, or the Plain, or White-browed, Wren-Warbler[2] (Prinia inornata) is a small warbler in the cisticola family. It is a resident breeder from Pakistan and India to south China and southeast Asia. It was formerly included in the Tawny-flanked Prinia, Prinia subflava (Gmelin, 1789), resident in Africa south of the Sahara. The two are now usually considered to be separate species.
This skulking passerine bird is typically found in wet lowland grassland, open woodland, scrub and sometimes gardens. The Plain Prinia builds its nest in a shrub or tall grass and lays 3-6 eggs.”

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali) ©WikiC

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali) ©WikiC

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali terricolor) Video of (Plocepasser mahali melanorhynchus) IBC

The White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali; Afrikaans: Koringvoël) is a predominantly brown, sparrow-sized weaver found throughout central and northcentral southern Africa. It is found in groups of two to eleven individuals consisting of one breeding pair and nonreproductive individuals.
P. m. terricolor is found towards the center of the White-Browed Sparrow-Weaver’s range, occurring predominantly in eastern Botswana.

I trust that you were not bored, but enjoyed the Latin lesson thrown in. I am always curious as to how they come up with these Scientific Names. It was interesting to find out some of these meanings. In the mean time we have seen some birds that the Lord created that we probably have never seen before. I love that Paradise Tanager the most, but the others are great also.

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Articles for additional information:

Birds of the World

Scientific bird names explained Very good
Bird Names
Zoological Nomenclature Resource
List of Latin words with English derivatives – Wikipedia
List of Greek words with English derivatives – Wikipedia
Key to the Pronunciation and Meaning of Scientific Names of Popular Species
What’s in a Bird Family Name
CalPhotos: Browse Bird Scientific Names
North American Bird Name Origins

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Birds of the World – Discolor Birds

Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) ©© marj k

Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) ©© marj k

While working on the new updates for the IOC 2.10 Version, I kept noticing the word “color” in the scientific names as I sorted and resorted the Excel spreadsheet. This is a second of the “color” articles. There are concolor, bicolor, tricolor, unicolor, quadricolor, versicolor, decolor, sitticolor, nocticolor, etc. Those will come later. For now, let’s see what the “discolor” birds are.

According to the Free Dictionary, “discolor” means:

dis·col·or  (ds-klr)

v. dis·col·oreddis·col·or·ingdis·col·ors

v.tr.

To alter or spoil the color of; stain.

v.intr.

To become altered or spoiled in color.

Also – discolor – lose color or turn colorless; cause to lose or change color; change color, often in an undesired manner
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by C. & G. Merriam Co.

Species with “discolor”:

Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) Bird roosting with head on back by Nick Talbot

Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) by Nick Talbot

Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) by NickT

Cuckoo Roller (Leptosomus discolor) from Wikipedia

Cuckoo Roller (Leptosomus discolor) from Wikipedia

Cuckoo Roller (Leptosomus discolor) ©WikiC – Video IBC
____ (Leptosomus discolor discolor) IBC

Brown-throated Treecreeper (Certhia discolor) ©WikiC

Brown-throated Treecreeper (Certhia discolor) ©WikiC

Brown-throated Treecreeper (Certhia discolor) ©WikiC

Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor) ©USFWS

Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor) ©USFWS

Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor) ©WikiC – Video IBC
____ (Dendroica discolor discolor) None

Subspecies with “discolor”:

Light-crowned Spinetail (Cranioleuca albiceps) – Video by Keith Blomerley
____ (Cranioleuca albiceps albiceps)
____ (Cranioleuca albiceps discolor) IBC

White-crowned Manakin (Dixiphia pipra) by ©AGrosset

White-crowned Manakin (Dixiphia pipra) by ©AGrosset

White-crowned Manakin (Dixiphia pipra)
____ (Dixiphia pipra discolor) None

 Little Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) ©WikiC

Little Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) ©WikiC

Little Shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) ©WikiC
____ (Colluricincla megarhyncha discolor) None

Chubb's Cisticola (Cisticola chubbi) by Tom Tarrant

Chubb's Cisticola (Cisticola chubbi chubbi) by Tom Tarrant

Chubb’s Cisticola (Cisticola chubbi) by Tom Tarrant – Video IBC
____ (Cisticola chubbi discolor) None

Rusty Sparrow (Aimophila rufescens) IBC – Video IBC
____ (Aimophila rufescens discolor)

Red-throated Ant Tanager (Habia fuscicauda) by Michael Woodruff

Red-throated Ant Tanager (Habia fuscicauda) by Michael Woodruff

Red-throated Ant Tanager (Habia fuscicauda) by M Woodruff – Video IBC
____ (Habia fuscicauda discolor)

As you can see by most of these birds with “discolor” in their name, have a sort of “washed-out” look. Not a very distinct color. I am sure that the Lord created them this way to help them blend in with their surroundings. Protection is important. These thoughts sort of remind me of several verses:

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (Matthew 5:13 KJV)

And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (1 Peter 5:4 KJV)

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See: Birds of the World

The Gospel Message

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Birds of the World – Concolor Birds

Grey Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor) by Daves BirdingPix

Grey Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor) by Daves BirdingPix

While working on the new updates for the IOC 2.10 Version, I kept noticing the word “color” in the scientific names as I sorted and resorted the Excel spreadsheet. This is a first of the “color” articles. There are bicolor, tricolor, unicolor, quadricolor, versicolor, decolor, sitticolor, nocticolor, etc. Those will come later. For now, let’s see what the “concolor” birds are.

According to the Free Dictionary, “concolor” means:

Con´col`or
a. 1. Of the same color; of uniform color.
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by C. & G. Merriam Co.

Species and their subspecies with “concolor”:

Sooty Falcon (Falco concolor) ©WikiC

Sooty Falcon (Falco concolor) ©WikiC

Sooty Falcon (Falco concolor)

Uniform Crake (Amaurolimnas concolor) IBC
____ (Amaurolimnas concolor concolor †)

Grey Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor) See Above – Video IBC
____ (Corythaixoides concolor concolor)

Dusky Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne concolor) ©WikiC

Dusky Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne concolor) ©WikiC

Dusky Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne concolor) IBC
____ (Ptyonoprogne concolor concolor) IBC

Grey Longbill (Macrosphenus concolor) – Video IBC

Nilgiri Flowerpecker (Dicaeum concolor) ©WikiC

Nilgiri Flowerpecker (Dicaeum concolor) ©WikiC

Nilgiri Flowerpecker (Dicaeum concolor) IBC

Sao Tome Grosbeak (Neospiza concolor) IBC

Blue Seedeater (Amaurospiza concolor) IBC
____ (Amaurospiza concolor concolor)

Subspecies with “concolor”:

Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes certhia) by Kent Nickell

Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes certhia) by Kent Nickell

Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper (Dendrocolaptes certhia)
____ (Dendrocolaptes certhia concolor) – Video IBC

Unicolored Jay (Aphelocoma unicolor)
____ (Aphelocoma unicolor concolor) – Video IBC
____ (Aphelocoma unicolor unicolor)

Indochinese Green Magpie (Cissa hypoleuca concolor) ©WikiC

Indochinese Green Magpie (Cissa hypoleuca concolor) ©WikiC

Indochinese Green Magpie (Cissa hypoleuca)
____ (Cissa hypoleuca concolor)

Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus) WikiC

Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus) WikiC

Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus)
____ (Hypsipetes leucocephalus concolor)

Yellow-bellied Bush Warbler (Cettia acanthizoides)
____ (Cettia acanthizoides concolor) IBC

Singing Cisticola (Cisticola cantans) juvenile ©WikiC

Singing Cisticola (Cisticola cantans) juvenile ©WikiC

Singing Cisticola (Cisticola cantans) IBC
____ (Cisticola cantans concolor)

Plain Laughingthrush (Garrulax davidi)
____ (Garrulax davidi concolor)

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta) IBC – Video WikiC
____ (Arachnothera modesta concolor)

Red-collared Widowbird (Euplectes ardens)
____ (Euplectes ardens concolor) – Video IBC

For every beast of the woodland is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I see all the birds of the mountains, and the beasts of the field are mine. If I had need of food, I would not give you word of it; for the earth is mine and all its wealth. (Psalms 50:10-12 BBE)

Other than the Indochinese Green Magpie, the “concolor” makes sense in that the birds are pretty well just plain birds with very little color variation. As the definition above said they are of the same or uniform color. Even though we may think these “concolor” birds are a bit dull or plain, their Creator knows all about them and cares for them. How about us?

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26 NKJV)

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Birds of the World

Formed By Him – Silver Birds

Silver ©USGOV

Silver ©USGOV

Silver is a metallic chemical element with the chemical symbol Ag (Latin: argentum, from the Indo-European root *arg- for “grey” or “shining”) and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it has the highest electrical conductivity of any element and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal.

Silver has long been valued as a precious metal, and it is used to make ornaments, jewelry, high-value tableware, utensils (hence the term silverware), and currency coins. Today, silver metal is also used in electrical contacts and conductors, in mirrors and in catalysis of chemical reactions.

Silver, in the form of electrum (a gold-silver alloy), was coined to produce money in around 700 BC by the Lydians. Later, silver was refined and coined in its pure form. Many nations used silver as the basic unit of monetary value. In the modern world, silver bullion has the ISO currency code XAG. The name of the United Kingdom monetary unit “pound” (£) reflects the fact that it originally represented the value of one troy pound of sterling silver.

Jewelry and silverware are traditionally made from sterling silver (standard silver), an alloy of 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper. In the US, only an alloy consisting of at least 90.0% fine silver can be marketed as “silver” (thus frequently stamped 900). Sterling silver (stamped 925) is harder than pure silver, and has a lower melting point (893 °C) than either pure silver or pure copper.

We know that Adam named the animals and birds starting in Genesis and people are still naming them. Silver has been known about for centuries and it is no wonder that critters and birds have their silver color described with “silver” in their names. Checking out the latest I.O.C. list of birds (Ver 2.6) you will find 32 birds with “silver” eyes, beaks, bills, backed, breasted, capped, crowned, eared, rumped, throated, and tipped. Also found are “silvery” cheeked, flanked, fronted, and throated birds. Below is a list of the 32 “Silver Birds”, plus a slideshow of the photos of them that I could obtain.

Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps) by Ian

Silver-crowned Friarbird (Philemon argenticeps) by Ian

In the King James Version of the Bible, there are 282 verses that have silver mentioned 320 times. (per e-Sword). Abraham and Sarah are the first mentioned to be rich in silver and jewels of silver (Gen 23), Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver (Gen 37:28), and it was a silver cup that was in found in Benjamin’s bag when he had been taken to Joseph in Egypt many years later (Gen 44:2).

In Exodus, they were warned not to make gods of silver or of gold (Ex. 20:23), they used silver to make sockets and fillets for the tabernacle (Ex. 26, 27), they made cunning works in gold and silver (Ex. 31) and they were to give it with willing heart.

Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass, (Exodus 35:5 KJV)

Many other articles were made of silver in the service of the LORD throughout the Bible. King Solomon had the navy bring gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks to him (1 King 10:22). Even the mining of silver is mentioned in Job 28:1.

Maybe because silver is used and referred to so often that the Lord, when He Created the birds, wanted us to see Silver Birds and think of Him, His Word, His Creation, His Son, and the price of His betrayal. Verses like:

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psalms 12:6 KJV)

The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. (Psalms 119:72 KJV)

If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:4-5 KJV)

Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. (Proverbs 8:10-11 KJV)

Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. (Proverbs 8:10-11 KJV)

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Proverbs 25:11 KJV)

Silver-eared Leiothrix (Leiothrix argentauris) by Ian

Silver-eared Leiothrix (Leiothrix argentauris) brightly colored-by Ian

And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD. (Zechariah 11:12-13 KJV)

Fullfilled: And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. (Matthew 26:15 KJV)
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. (Matthew 27:3-8 KJV)

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. (Acts 3:6 KJV)

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; (1 Corinthians 3:11-12 KJV)

Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) by Ian

Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) by Ian

In Doves and Pigeon Updated this verse was mentioned: “Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.” (Psalms 68:13 KJV) Even though today this bird, the Wompoo Fruit-Dove, doesn’t have “Silver” in it’s name, maybe the Lord gave them their colors so we would remember the following verses and truth.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. (1 Peter 1:18-21 KJV)

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Silver Gull Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae
Silver Oriole Oriolus mellianus
Silver Pheasant Lophura nycthemera
Silver Teal Anas versicolor
Silver-backed Needletail Hirundapus cochinchinensis
Silver-backed Tanager Tangara viridicollis
Silver-beaked Tanager Ramphocelus carbo
Silverbird Empidornis semipartitus
Silver-breasted Broadbill Serilophus lunatus
Silver-capped Fruit Dove Ptilinopus richardsii
Silver-crowned Friarbird Philemon argenticeps
Silver-eared Honeyeater Lichmera alboauricularis
Silver-eared Laughingthrush Trochalopteron melanostigma
Silver-eared Leiothrix Leiothrix argentauris
Silvered Antbird Sclateria naevia
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis
Silver-rumped Spinetail Rhaphidura leucopygialis
Silver-throated Bushtit Aegithalos glaucogularis
Silver-throated Tanager Tangara icterocephala
Silver-tipped Imperial Pigeon Ducula luctuosa
Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis
Silvery Kingfisher Ceyx argentatus
Silvery Pigeon Columba argentina
Silvery-cheeked Antshrike Sakesphorus cristatus
Silvery-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes brevis
Silvery-flanked Antwren Myrmotherula luctuosa
Silvery-fronted Tapaculo Scytalopus argentifrons
Silvery-throated Jay Cyanolyca argentigula
Silvery-throated Spinetail Synallaxis subpudica
African Silverbill Euodice cantans
Grey-headed Silverbill Odontospiza griseicapilla
Indian Silverbill Euodice malabarica

Best I can do for the Silver-capped Fruit Dove is a video by del Hoyo on Internet Bird Collection.

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Interesting Things – Butterfly Colors

White Peacock Butterfly by Herman1944

White Peacock Butterfly by Herman1944

One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek; That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple. (Psalm 27:4)

More Butterfly Colors than You Can See – from Creation Moments

ThinkingThe Amazing Butterfly

The beautiful wing of the butterfly has a lesson to teach everyone who believes living things were created by chance. The design of the butterfly wing involves much more than just intricate complexity. In addition to showing a knowledge of flight, each wing design is the product of very precise specifications built around the specific wavelengths of visible light.

The iridescent colors you admire on a butterfly’s wing are created by the scales of the wings. Each square centimeter of wing has tens of thousands of these scales, each attached to the wing by tiny stems and overlapping each other like cedar shakes. Each one of these scales was a living cell until a day or two before the butterfly emerged from its pupa. Each tiny scale is made of a vertical and horizontal framing within which are found various sacks of pigment hanging from the framework.

Monarch Butterfly at the Butterfly World©©

Monarch Butterfly at the Butterfly World©©

Butterfly wings that seem to glow with iridescent blues and greens have scales with tiny lattices and ribbed walls that are designed to cause interference patterns in light waves within the 300 700 nanometer range – exactly the range humans see as color. That interference pattern is what our eyes interpret as iridescence.

It takes a good knowledge of physics as well as micro architecture to design and build an iridescent butterfly wing! Science clearly teaches us that such ability and knowledge does not come from chance. Let’s be bold to admit the truth – there is a Creator!

Prayer:

Father in heaven, a child can see the beauty of Your handiwork in the wing of the butterfly. Through my witness, help those who have been fooled by evolution to see You in Your creation and our salvation

From  More Butterfly Colors than You Can See ©Creation Moments 2010


See also:

Interesting Things

Interesting Things – The Amazing Butterfly

Butterflies – God’s Flying Flowers

The Creation of New Butterfly Species Before Our Eyes, Stephen Caesar

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Formed By Him – Copper Birds

Copper-rumped Hummingbird (Amazilia tobaci) by Ian

Copper-rumped Hummingbird (Amazilia tobaci) by Ian

While working on my photos again, came across several pictures of these Copper-rumped Hummingbirds. What a fantastic color they show. These copper colored birds are not the only ones with that hue. Searching through the Birds of the World, I found that there are Copper Pheasants and Sunbirds. Then there is a Coppersmith Barbet, Copper-tailed Starling and a Copper-throated Sunbird. Not to be left out, there are the Coppery birds. Coppery Emerald, Coppery Metaltail, Coppery-bellied Puffleg, Coppery-chested Jacamar, Coppery-headed Emerald and a Coppery-tailed Coucal.

Many birding and ornithology groups work hard to name birds so that those of us who birdwatch can try to put a name on the bird. Since all of these have a common color, “Copper”, it makes it easier to try to figure out what we are seeing. Of course, Adam was the first to start naming the newly created birds, but it still continues today.

Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. (Genesis 2:19 NKJV)

Copper metal is known by most and so is it’s color. It is a valuable metal for many uses and has been used in coins for thousands of years. In Deuteronomy 8:9 they were told “out of whose hills you can dig copper.” Job 28:2 says, “copper is smelted from ore.” Christ told the disciples to, “Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts” and also reminded them that, “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.”

Maybe the Lord wants us to see the copper color and remember that He not only made the copper, but if He cares about a little sparrow, then His concern is great toward us also.

Hope you enjoy seeing these great “Copper Birds”.

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:7)

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