The Eyes Have It

The King Vulture is found in Central and South America and like all vultures feeds on the remains of dead animals. This one is a resident at the National centre for Birds of Prey in Helmsley North Yorkshire and the first thing that struck me apart from its amazing colours were it piercing eyes.

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A large and predominantly white bird, the king vulture has a grey ruff but although the head and neck are bald, the colours on its head are amazing and vary through yellow, orange, blue, purple, and red.

Here it’s third protective eyelid can be seen almost covering its striking eye.

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The centre has an amazing collection of birds of prey and has regular flying displays by the residents during the day. Here’s a link to their website¬†Bird of Prey Centre