A Canadian scientist says that yellow canards, an iconic bird of the forest, are actually blue.
“Canary blue” is the new official name for the color of the yellow canard.
Canadian biologist Peter Wilson told the Associated Press news agency that yellow cantaries are a blue-green color because they are part of the genus Canary.
Wilson said that the yellow cantary species is found in the eastern United States and northern Canada.
Wilson says that when a bird canary is caught, it flies away.
“So if you capture it and hold it for long enough, you can actually get a nice view of it flying away,” he said.
Wilson’s comments come amid an international debate about whether the green-blue hue of the birds should be considered the official color of Canada.
In 2014, a U.S. official recommended the change, saying the birds could be classified as “yellow” or “purple.”
Wilson says he did not make the decision on his own but has long advocated for the yellow-purple classification.
The U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity says that species should be “in harmony with the natural environment.”
But Wilson says that’s a difficult challenge.
“If you’re trying to maintain biodiversity, it’s very hard to get them to stay within the environment,” he told AP.
Wilson believes that the color is not so much about nature as it is a symbol of a person or animal that is being persecuted.
“The question is: What is the meaning behind the colour?
If you have an animal, is that being threatened?
Or is that just a symbol to a person?” he said in an interview with CBC News.”
I think it’s really important to look at that symbol as a symbol and to really understand what it represents.”
The official color designation has been debated for decades.
In the 1970s, a group of scientists recommended that the canary be called yellow because it’s a yellow-brown color, but it was eventually withdrawn from the official name because it was deemed too controversial.