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Picture courtesy of Mitch and Libby, a yellow sided green cheek conure.


Click on this picture to enlarge it. This is the eye of  a Crimson Bellied Conure, band 264. Below, this same baby closed her "3rd eyelid" which is described in the text below

The parrot eye. Gorgeous to look at, but what how does my parrot see the world? They must see color or why did our Lord make them so stunningly beautiful and colorful? Spectacular plumage!!!

Eyes are everything to our parrots. In some species, the eyes weigh more than the brain. Excellent acuity!! It is accomplished by an eye that is relatively very large and capable of projecting a large image on the retina. Most of their eye lies hidden by their lids and skulls.

Birds are prey animals; whereas, we humans are predators. Our eye takes up less than 1% of the weight of our head. The bird's eye is one of their largest organs in size. To aid their survival, bird eyelids were designed so that their vision is not impaired even when they blink!! They have 3 eyelids with the upper and lower eyelids lined with small bristle feathers. The 3rd eyelid, called the nictitating membrane, is used for blinking. Lying beneath the eyelids on the nostril side, it is transparent and allows them to see when blinking. I have even read that some use this eyelid as safety glasses while flying. They can close this 3rd eyelid while flying! Birds see much more detail than we are capable of seeing. Their sight is more detailed, they see a broader range of colors, including florescent rays. They see colors we don't see. On some species, the florescent color spots aid the birds to visually differentiate between the sexes.

To read even more about the parrot eye, go to this site.

This is Belleek's eye!

The Beauty of Grey Eyes!

Grey eyes draw one in. They shine out intelligence and understanding. They also change with age.  All black eyes belong to the Baby African Greys, but as they mature, their eye color changes. Look at Emma below with her beautiful grey-colored eyes. (Can you tell who she belongs to?). Then the African Grey eye yellows as the bird matures. I have heard some say that the amount of yellow increases with age.

Baby Grey, Shiloh Girl, black eyes at 16 weeks

Baby Emma, Miss "Grey Eyes" at 10 months

Liberty Eyes, 7 years old

Papagal Eyes, 14 years

Hoppy Eyes at 14 years


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