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Animals With Red Eyes (21 Examples)

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Animals With Red Eyes (21 Examples)

Animals come in all shapes, and their eyes equally come in various sizes and colors. Red-eyed animals do exist, and this is not to be confused with the red-eye effect that occurs when light hits the pupils.

Animals with red eyes are found in a variety of habitats, on land, in the sea, and in the air. Some causes and uses of red eyes have been explored, while others are still unknown. Whatever the case, the list below covers some of these interesting creatures.

The following comprises a list of animals with red eyes:

  • Box Turtle
  • Rosy-Billed Pochard
  • Giant Redeye Butterfly
  • Red-Eyed Bulbul
  • Red-Eyed Crocodile Skink
  • Red-Eyed Tree Frog
  • Flesh Fly
  • European Adder
  • Red-Eyed Vireo
  • Wood Duck
  • Redeye Tetra
  • Stygian Owl
  • Red-Tail Dwarf Puffer Fish
  • Red-Eyed Dove
  • Grebe
  • Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko
  • Oriole
  • Bronzed Cowbird
  • Emu
  • Rock Bass
  • Night Heron

List of Animals With Red Eyes

Box Turtle

red-eyed turtle

Scientific Name – Terrapene
Animal Type –  Reptiles

Box turtles are an amphibious turtle species, found in the northern and eastern parts of America. An interesting point of note is that one way to distinguish the gender of a box turtle, among other features, is by using the color of the eyes.

Male box turtles are animals with red eyes, while females have brown-colored eyes.

Rosy-Billed Pochard

rosy-billed pochard swimming in the water

Scientific Name – Netta peposaca
Animal Type – Aves

Rosy billed pochards, also known as Rosybills, are social birds usually found in large flocks of several hundreds of individuals. They are migratory duck species native to South America.

These ducks are found in the regions of Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. When they migrate in the winter, they can be found in Bolivia.

Giant Redeye Butterfly 

Scientific Name – Gangara thyrsis
Animal Type –  Insects

The giant redeye moth is a species of butterfly that lives around a variety of palm types. As their name suggests, they are animals with red eyes.

Apart from being red-eyed, both the males and the females are dark brown, adorned with several yellow spots near the tips of their wings.

Red-Eyed Bulbul 

red eyed bulbul bird standing on a fence

Scientific Name – Pycnonotus brunneus
Animal Type – Aves

Bulbul (pronounced ‘bool-bool’) is a species of songbird found in several parts of the planet. They are widely distributed across Africa and the Middle East, as well as the tropical regions of Asia across to Indonesia.

Not all species have red eyes though. The red-eyed species are aptly named Asian red-eyed bulbul and African red-eyed bulbul.

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Red-Eyed Crocodile Skink

Scientific Name – Tribolonotus gracilis
Animal Type – Reptiles

Skinks are a type of lizard comprising over one thousand different species. Skinks typically live in North America, Australia, and Southeast Asia.

This red-eyed animal has a rough exterior, similar to that of a crocodile, and is specifically found in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia.

Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Red-Eyed Tree Frog standing on a green leaf

Scientific Name – Agalychnis callidryas
Animal Type – Amphibians 

One of nature’s most populous amphibian species is the tree frog. Over 600 of these live in South and Central America, including the very colorful red-eyed tree frog.

This tree frog actually uses its red eyes as a self-defense mechanism against predators. Interestingly though, not all tree frog species live on trees!

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Flesh Fly

Scientific Name – Sarcophagidae
Animal Type – Insects

These insects with red eyes live in various places; however, they prefer warm tropical climates. Except for the obvious characteristics (red eyes), they are hard to distinguish from house flies, besides being larger than their cousins.

Due to their scavenger nature, these pests are often found in areas near decayed flesh, food leftovers, and garbage cans.

European Adder 

brown European Adder with red eyes

Scientific Name – Vipera berus
Animal Type – Reptiles

The European Adder is also known as the European viper and is commonly found throughout Europe and Asia. Its red eyes could have another function besides providing vision.

It is thought that they serve as an extra layer of protection in that, the redness of its eyes is a sign to potential predators that this snake is highly venomous.

Red-Eyed Vireo

Scientific Name – Vireo olivaceus
Animal Type – Aves

Red-eyed vireos are a species of songbirds that are found in America. Their irises are a deep shade of red.

This red-eyed bird is the singing champion among songbirds. It has been observed that they can sing over 20,000 songs in one day, with one individual belting out 73 different types of songs!

Wood Duck 

Wood Duck in a brown lake

Scientific Name – Aix sponsa
Animal Type – Aves

Wood ducks are a species of perching ducks, also known as Carolina Ducks. They have got the most colorful plumage of all waterfowl in Northern America.

The males have very vibrant plumage, including bright red eyes. The females, however, have mostly brown colored plumage with a few spots of color on the wings.

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Redeye Tetra 

Scientific Name – Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae
Animal Type – Fish

Redeye tetras are freshwater species found in Eastern, Central, and South America. They have silvery fins on their bodies with tails that are half-black half-transparent.

Both the males and females have a half-circle hired ring around their pupils. The females are generally larger and more rounded in the abdomen than the males.

Stygian Owl

Stygian Owl in a dark

Scientific Name – Asio stygius
Animal Type – Aves

The stygian owl, also known as a devil owl and ghost owl, is a medium-sized bird found all over the planet, except for Antarctica. They have reddish-orange eyes, grey eyebrows, and black beaks.

Stygian owls are one of the most mysterious owl species, and in many cultures they symbolize death.

Red-Tail Dwarf Puffer Fish

Scientific Name – Carinotetraodon irrubesco
Animal Type – Fish

There are about 90 species of puffers in the ocean, which are extremely deadly. They are named for their ability to inflate when feeling threatened.

The red-tail dwarf puffer is a freshwater species found only in Indonesia. Both the male and females have red eyes, but only the male has a red tail.

Red-Eyed Dove 

white dove with red eyes

Scientific Name – Streptopelia semitorquata
Animal Type – Aves

This is a large pigeon commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa. Red-eyed doves are identified by their brown plumage that looks grayish.

It also has ring markings around the neck area that make it look like it is wearing a collar. Its eyes are red, and they additionally have reddish skin around them.


red-eyed grebe in the blue water

Scientific Name – Podicipedidae
Animal Type – Aves

Grebes are a species of aquatic diving birds similar to ducks with red eyes. There are about 22 different species, found mostly in North America and Europe.

They are migratory species, and although a majority are found in freshwater habitats, a few can be seen in marine habitats during winter or migration seasons.

Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Scientific Name – Uroplatus phantasticus
Animal Type – Reptiles

This is one among several species of leaf-tailed geckos, which have so far been recorded to be the smallest among the species. It is native to the African island of Madagascar.

They have red eyes and an eyelash-like projection above their eyes, which perhaps explains its name. Overall, its physical appearance makes for great camouflage day or night.


black and yellow bird with red eyes

Scientific Name – Icterus
Animal Type – Aves

The oriole is a bird species that is proliferated all across the planet. So varied are the species that they are categorized into Old World and New World orioles.

Not all species of oriole have red eyes; however, several do. Some species such as the Olive-Backed, Green, Philippines, African-Golden, and Black-Naped are red-eyed animals.

Bronzed Cowbird

Scientific Name – Molothrus aeneus
Animal Type – Aves

The cowbird is so named for its association with herds of cows, eating the insects that get flushed out as the animals graze.

The bronzed species is native to North America and the males and females both have red eyes, However, the male’s feathers are glossy black, while the female’s feathers are greyish brown.


emu with red eyes

Scientific Name – Dromaius novaehollandiae
Animal Type – Aves

These flightless birds are found throughout the mainland of Australia and are the second-largest birds in the world, after their relatives, the ostrich.

Reaching the heights of 6.2 feet in height, they are very powerful and fast, dashing at nearly 30 miles per hour. These giant birds are classified as omnivores; however, they mostly feed on plant-based food.

Rock Bass

Scientific Name – Ambloplites rupestris
Animal Type – Fish

Due to their bright eyes, the rock bass is also referred to as the “Red Eye”. It is a predator carnivore fish that is native to the Great Lakes region of North America.

Found in freshwater, rock bass fish is easily identified by their reddish goggle-eye. They typically prefer clear and rocky lake areas.

Night Heron 

night heron with the branch in its beak

Scientific Name – Nycticorax nycticorax
Animal Type – Aves

The last members on our list of animals with red eyes are night herons. Night Herons come in a variety of species and are so named for their nocturnal feeding habits. However, not all species have red eyes.

The species that have red eyes, such as the Yellow-Crowned and Black-Crowned species, are found all over the planet, but they typically inhabit areas of North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Wrapping It Up

When it comes to animals, eyes and their specific color play a big role on a beauty scale. While for some red-eyed animals are scary, for others, they represent something special and unique.

Contrary to popular beliefs, animals with red eyes are not evil or more dangerous than others. There doesn’t seem to be a correlation between personalities and eye colors.

The red color is usually associated with war, courage, love, health, and life. However, a deeper symbolization of colors and their meanings is probably another topic to discuss.

For us, having red eyes is both cool and scary, and we’ll leave the other interpretations for you.

And that’s about it. There are so many more gorgeous animals with red eyes coming in all shapes and sizes; the above covers only a few.

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