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Old 02-09-2019, 07:15 PM
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Can parrots see in the dark? I ask because as soon as the sun starts to set Bianca doesnít seem to be able to see me. I approach her and she looks at me as if she canít see me well. Like right now, itís not pitch black in the living room but the lights are dim and she acts surprised when I get five inches from her.


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Old 02-09-2019, 07:41 PM
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Re: Night vision

O don't know , I don't think they see the best at night. But make sure you are feeding foods with Vit A, as that helps vision and night vision.
Does she have any grey spots in her eyes like cataract?
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Re: Night vision

No her eyes look healthy to me, no spots. And during the day she sees very well...


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Old 02-09-2019, 07:51 PM
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Re: Night vision

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No her eyes look healthy to me, no spots. And during the day she sees very well...


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I don't know.. But my Baby Kise is seeing fine when I turned the lights off with just the sleeping lights are on.. She stepped up when I said "Night, Nite" and put her in her cage... I never close her door... I have always been checking on her at night if I'm using the bathroom, or getting some water. I placed my hand inside with the blanket covers her cage and petting her, then went back to sleep.
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Re: Night vision

My U2 has terrible night vision
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:42 PM
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Re: Night vision

Cockatiels have very poor night vision.
Some parrots have extra receptors in the eyes for ultraviolet and less rods & cones for black/white (night vision). I know budgies have this ability and I think Cockatiels do too.

My Amazons have somewhat better night vision and I think my CAG is ~ the same.
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Re: Night vision

Not in total darkness, but several of mine happily fly short distances in very low light conditions.
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Re: Night vision

I sometimes wonder... sometimes I think they really do not see much- like everything they tell you on the internet-, but my greys fly very well in super-low-light conditions (Japie did yesterday in a room where the only lightsource was my computerscreen (facing away from him)) and have controlled precise landings- even in places they usually do not land...
(on the other hand, they know this place very well.. so could be superior memmory instead of 'nightvision')

Maybe it is more about some evolutionary adaptations that tell them to really, really stay put and be quiet?
(Like those baby-deer f.e. example, hiding & staying absolutely still is the best defense.)
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Re: Night vision

If all the lights are off except a distant one (like in a dark room with a tiny night-slight), noodles can't really see much (if anything). I know this because I dim the lights to get her to go into her cage at night, but when I have made it too dark, she has climbed to the back of her cage on the outside and started doing her bedtime ritual (thinking she was inside). She also will get spooked by my hand, even though I can see it- she appears to have trouble sometimes. In dim conditions, she can still function, but when it's too dark, she must rely pretty much on her memory and the feel of her cage. When she is covered, she climbs around and gets food/water etc, but outside of her cage in the dark, she doesn't know what to do.

She gets paranoid and will be more prone to bite at things around her because she can't see what they are.
In a dim room or lower light, she can see, but in darker conditions where I can still sort of see of, she cannot...or at least, if she can, she doesn't act like it.


It could also be an instinctual thing, where as a human, I am just more willing to walk around without being able to see everything perfectly.....

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Re: Night vision

I bet ya it's usually pretty species-specific...
Patagonians are one of the partially nocturnal species, and he does well in very dark places.
And then there are those doggone newly-discovered-not-to-be-extinct Night Parrots in Australia...
I guess I'd research cockatoos, etc., specifically?
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