Chough eye color

To: "'Steve Johnson'" <>
Subject: Chough eye color
From: "Steve Read" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2020 18:27:17 +1100

Steve – any possibility that bird with white eyes is an adult Little Raven?


As I understand it, adult White-winged Choughs have red eyes, with the eyes of younger birds starting brown and transitioning with age through orange to red.




From: Birding-Aus <> On Behalf Of Steve Johnson via Birding-Aus
Sent: Friday, 3 January 2020 10:19 AM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Chough eye color


Hello birders,

Looking through our photos, I found one with interesting contrast between the birds' eye colors.


See the second photo for Chough at this checklist:



Two birds there, I assume immatures, appear to have dark eyes.  The one facing the camera seems to have white eyes, not red.  Is that unusual?


I have read that Choughs' eyes can engorge with blood during displays and interactions.  Perhaps this individual is exceptionally serene?


Thanks for any thoughts you may have --


good birding,

Steve Johnson

returned now to the United States, no longer seeing all those wonderful birds Down Under





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