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Do All Animals Have Color Vision?

The majority of animals have at least a limited spectrum of color vision, which varies in brightness and clarity depending on the type of animal. Fish, birds, and insects are thought to have the most developed spectrum of color vision, and are able to see colors that even humans cannot see. Bats are one of the rare examples of non-marine animals (technically, land animals) that actually have no color vision. The only type of animals in which colorblindness appears to be the norm is in marine mammals, including walruses, dolphins, and whales.

More about animals and vision:

  • The most commonly manufactured colors for dog toys tend to be red and orange, even though it has been found that dogs have difficulty seeing those colors.
  • The expression blind as a bat is a myth. Even though bats are unable to see colors, their eyes are more sensitive to light waves, allowing them to view objects in the dark.
  • Spanish bullfighters traditionally wave a red cape to anger bulls; however, it's not the color that causes the bulls’ reactions but rather the motion of the cape because bulls cannot actually see red.
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By Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
Discussion Comments
By anon320737 — On Feb 19, 2013

Many other animals are color-blind. Humans should be color blind as well, but they are not; hence their costly trouble!

Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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