A Tilted Head (Two Photographs)

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Almost every male cardinal I have seen, given time,will do this head-tilting thing. I am not sure if it has to do with its eyes or with some expression of interest. I know if I wait just a minute or so they are likely to do this. However, this is the first cardinal to tilt its head both ways over a very short period of time. Who knows what the cardinal sees but it does make for an attractive pose.

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  1. I think they tilt their head to get a clear view above them. Predators like hawks come from above. A cooper’s hawk got one of our cardinals a few weeks ago, right at dusk when they are one of the last birds to feed. Sad, but its the law of the jungle.

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    May 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm

  2. I wondered if birds could see forward, so Googled. I had no idea that birds cannot move their eyes! There is no room for the required muscles. Most have binocular vision using temporal fovea like ours when looking forward, but some also have a central fovea which points sideways. They switch between the monocular vision and binocular vision all the time – thus the head tilting thing to change their viewing angle. The tilt gives the bird lots of character.

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    June 3, 2017 at 6:13 pm

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