Duck eyes – the position of their eyes

Duck eyes are generally small, round, and dark.

Duck eyes are positioned at each side of a duck’s head – not in front of the face like human eyes. Why?

Ruddy Shelduck

For example, the Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), like most ducks, is a waterfowl in the Anatidae family. It is native to south-eastern Europe and central Asia. It is a migratory bird, flying south to India to find food in the winter months.

The Ruddy Shelduck, Woodcocks, and many ducks have their eyes on each side of their head so that they have a field of vision (FOV) – or visual field – of 360 degrees. This means that they can see all around them – in front, at the sides, and behind them.

Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck

Location of photographs: Pariz Zoo, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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