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It's All in the Eyes!


February 6, 2019

Doug Harling

A Great Horned Owlet.

The eyes are the most intricate part of the raptor. The eyes determine how and when they hunt. The eyes can tell you if a raptor is sick and in most raptors, they can even tell you the raptors age.

First, the eyelid of the raptor closes from the bottom to the top which is opposite of how the human eyelid closes. Often a sick raptor will have eyelids half open. Or a half opened eyelid may just mean the raptor is resting. I will often move around a raptor to see if they become more alert in the eyes when they notice something around them moving. If the raptor does not respond to this, it m...

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