Red, white and blue animals

Lobster

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Photo of a lobster
Although many think of lobsters as only red, they actually have blue pigments (as well as green, brown and black). They turn red when when cooked because the heat destroys all except for the astaxanthin, the red background pigment.

Turkey

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Photo of a turkey with a snood
Turkeys have caruncles, which are bumpy patches on the neck. They may play a role in attracting a mate and can turn blue, white or red when filled with blood.

Macaw

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Macaws are king-sized members of the parrot family and are famous for their bright red, white and blue colors with green and yellow accents.

Mandrill

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Photo of a mandrill
Mandrills have bright faces to attract the opposite sex and bright rear ends. The rear view helps mandrills follow each other in the forest.

Betta fish

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Photo of a betta fish
Betta fish are a common pet and come in many brilliant colors, including red, white and blue. They were first kept as pets more than 150 years ago in Thailand.

Eastern bluebird

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Photo of a bluebird
Bluebirds are more blue, white and orange, but I think they count. Blue is not actually a pigment produced by the feathers but from tiny air pockets and pigment crystals that scatter blue light and absorb the other wavelengths.

Mandarin duck

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Photo of a mandarin duck
Mandarin ducks have elegant plumage with red, white and blue as well as orange, green, black and more. They are originally from China but have been introduced in different parts of the world.

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