orange bird feathers
Goldenbacked bishop
Photo: Staffan Andersson

Evolution of Colour Communication (ECCO)

Research group
Active research
Project owner
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Short description

In ECCO we study colour and colour communication within birds, mainly the African weaver birds (Ploceidae). Their read an yellow colours are analyzed from several aspects, from genetics via physiological mechanisms to social and sexual functions.


Staffan Andersson, professor
Rute Mendonça, postdoc


Dr Nicholas Mundy, Cambridge University, UK
Prof. Arild Johnsen, University of Oslo
Prof Urban Olsson, BioEnv

close-up bird
Sao Tomé weaver
Photo: Staffan Andersson
African golden weaver
Photo: Staffan Andersson