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Bird Watching: A Qn about Eyes of Dove

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Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

January 15, 2013
8:28 AM

Post #9385804

We have quite a number of these Spotted Doves here. I had taken the picture seen at the bottom of the collage, about 4-5 years ago. When I took a recent picture [top one] and compared, just for the sake of it, I noticed that the eye colour were different. Why is the eye of the bird red in my recent picture on top and not in the other one?

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 15, 2013
9:10 AM

Post #9385855

This probably indicates different ages. In the African collared-dove, the young have yellow-ish eyes which are red when they are an adult. This is true for other species as well.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 15, 2013
9:48 AM

Post #9385899

Yep, the lower bird is a fresh juvenile only recently fledged - you can tell by the swollen bill base.

Resin

Dinu

Dinu
Mysore
India
(Zone 10a)

January 16, 2013
8:29 AM

Post #9387070

Thanks Resin and Chillybean. I learnt a bit today. I feel good because I was able to notice this by chance! So the mature ones will have red pigmentation in the eyeball. What about their legs? Will they look distinctive?

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