|Musk Lorikeet Glossopsitta concinna, Coles Bay, Tasmania.|
The lorikeets are little nomadic blossom specialists, all basically green.
(They are also shameless with regards to colour coordination!)
|Mulga Parrot male Psephotus varius, inland Western Australia.|
These stunning little parrots are found throughout much of the Australian inland -
not just in Mulga, woodlands dominated by Acacia aneura.
|Yellow-crowned Parrots (or Amazons) Amazona ochrocephala and Mealy Parrots A. farinosa, |
Blanquillo clay lick, Peru.
|Spotted Catbird Ailuroedus melanotis, Atherton Tablelands, tropical Queensland.|
An apparently 'primitive' bowerbird which doesn't build display bowers.
|Western Violaceous (White-tailed) Trogon Trogon chionurus, Cerro Blanco Reserve, Ecuador.|
For non-Americans, trogons are one of the most delightful surprises in the neo-tropics.
|Crimson-rumped Toucanet Aulacorhynchus haematopygus, Paz de las Aves, Ecuador.|
An exquisite tiny toucan, sometimes seen at fruit feeders.
|Litoria moorei, Margaret River, south-west Western Australia.|
This beauty is known as the Motor Bike Frog for its remarkable call.
|unidentified tree frog, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.|
|Amazonian Racerunner Ameiva ameiva, Manu National Park, Peru.|
Widespread in the neotropics, and introduced into North America.
|Green tree snake Thrasops batesii, Limbe Botanic Gardens, Cameroon.|
|butterflies, Manu River, Peru.|
Million of butterflies congregate on the river banks, where their coiled proboscises
are as useful for taking up water as nectar.
|Splendid Ghost Moth Aenetus ligniveren, Namadgi National Park, above Canberra.|
This moth astonishes me - both wings and fur are green, both achieved by bending light to suit its needs.
|beetle, perhaps a cockchafer, subfamily Melolonthinae, on Acacia, Leeuwin Naturaliste NP,|
south-western Western Australia.
I am confident that this too relies on light diffraction.
|Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus, Fraser Island, Queensland.|
Australia's only bee-eater, but a pretty nifty one!
|Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis, a roller, and also our only species; they are closely related to bee-eaters.|
|Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl, Ecuador.|
|Broad-billed Motmot Electron platyrhynchum, southern Ecuador.|
Motmots are also in the same order as bee-eaters and rollers, probably not a coincidence that they
share this green-producing mechanism.
|Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica, Lord Howe Island.|
Many fruit doves share this characteristic too; this one is found from India to Australia.
|Touraco page from Birds of Western Africa, Borrow and Demey, Helm Guides.|
Another class of chemicals, biliverdins, are also utilised by some animals as green pigments - mostly these are invertebrates, but they are used in some fish bones that are green (!) and oddly, in emu and cassowary eggs!
|Emu eggs, south-western Queensland.|
Currawinya NP, south-west Queensland (above),
and Mt Kupé, Cameroon (below).
|Praying Mantis, subalpine Namadgi National Park, above Canberra.|
|Hawkmoth (?) caterpillar, Uluru National Park, central Australia.|