Budgie under UV

posted: 2625 days ago, on Tuesday, 2010 Sep 14 at 09:12
tags: pets.

For some time now I've known that parrots can see in ultra-violet light, and that their feathers reflect and fluoresce in UV. (Turns out almost all birds have UV reflecting plummage.)

Not having a handy UV light I'd always wondered what Budgie's feathers would look like. [Budgie is a Goffin cockatoo, by the way].

And then today, Ed comes over to show off his new super-torch that includes a red laser pointer mode and: a UV mode!

To my sheer delight (and Budgie's consternation) when I flipped her upside-down and shone the UV light at her posterior - voila - the yellow parts of her feathers shone with a beautiful pink hue (the white feathers showed no colour change).

Ah, the little things in life.

And now it seems it's not just parrots, but scorpions too: Oleg Toumilovitch recently lent a focusable UV laser (available from FOTON Optoelectronics) to a scorpion-guru during the Waterberg Planetary Festival, and it works!

nothing more to see. please move along.