Black wings…and ruby eyes, 271213, Hosakote

The

BLACK-WINGED KITE

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used to be known as the Black-shouldered Kite, which I think is a better description…but the ornithologists have their own litte ways..Oh well, more about that later, I just want to talk about ruby eyes!

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Here’s what the wiki says about bird’s eyes, and red eyes, specifically.

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Some bird groups have specific modifications to their visual system linked to their way of life

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Birds of prey have a very high density of receptors and other adaptations that maximise visual acuity.

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The placement of their eyes gives them good binocular vision enabling accurate judgement of distances. Nocturnal species have tubular eyes, low numbers of colour detectors, but a high density of rod cells which function well in poor light.Some birds have red or yellow oil drops in the colour receptors to improve distance vision especially in hazy conditions.

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So…now that I know the facts…I can give myself up to just the wonder of those sharp gem-like eyes of birds such as these!

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2 Responses to “Black wings…and ruby eyes, 271213, Hosakote”

  1. Badri Says:

    Nice post. A very neatly turned out bird, the black shouldered kite. Never noticed the intensity of the red in its eyes before. And nice pics to bring this home.

  2. deponti Says:

    Yes…such a beauty…we were lost in admiration! We were lucky to have two land not too far away.

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