A few minutes before Nancy posted this A Photo a Week Challenge: Eyes prompt I had been discussing eye colour in birds with someone on the comments section of one of my recent posts.
So it was almost ìnevitable that I would put together a post about birds eyes.
A North American Mourning Dove on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.
The Common Wood Pigeon found across Europe and parts of western Asia. Photographed in England.
A North American Common Grackle on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. A similar eye colour to the Common Wood Pigeon above although not in the same family of birds. The Common Grackle is related to the New World Blackbirds, Cowbirds and Orioles.
The Eurasian Collared Dove native to Europe and Asia and introduced to North America. Photographed in England, this species deep red eye is in contrast to both the Mourning Dove and the Common Wood Pigeon above. Three members of the Dove and Pigeon family and three different eye colours.
A male Common Blackbird found in Europe, Asia and North Africa. Photographed in England, the yellow-orange ring is bare skin around the eye and is only seen on the male. The Common Blackbird is a member of the Thrush family and is not related to the New World Blackbirds.