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Coding of the Colour Preference of the Gull Chick

Nature volume 204, page 710 (14 November 1964) | Download Citation

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Gull chicks (Larus atricilla) peck at their parent's red bill, an act which elicits regurgitation from the parent. In an investigation reported elsewhere1, it was found that chicks peck preferentially in response to long and short wave-lengths of visible light (that is, they prefer red and blue to green and yellow). The following hypothesis attempts to account for this wave-length preference.

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    • JACK P. HAILMAN

    Present address: Institute of Animal Behaviour, 31 Fulton Street, Newark, New Jersey.

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  1. Department of Zoology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

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