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Thread: Burrowing Owl eye coloring

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    Junior Member OwlLady's Avatar
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    Default Burrowing Owl eye coloring

    Here in Cape Coral, Florida, I have noticed that a small population of our Burrowing Owls have very dark, almost black eyes, while the majority of them have brilliant yellow eyes. We first began noticing this a few years ago when we photographed an owl with the black eyes, which was very rare. Then we photographed an owl with one black eye and one yellow eye. I have seen siblings from one brood with some having black eyes and some having yellow eyes. This phenomenon occurs in both adult and juvenile birds.
    Does anyone have a scientific reason for this?
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    Default Hmm

    I don't know, but I should know. Burrowing owls are my favorite bird in the history of history.

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