15 Thrilling Animals With Black Eyes (With Pics)

Why do some animals have black eyes? Some scientists say it’s for adaptation, while most people see it as an attractive feature of the animals. Most of the animals with black eyes possess similar characteristics when it comes to eyesight. Some of them can notice any light movement in the dark, an adoptive feature for most predators with black eyes hunting in the dark.

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Animals with black eyes include:

  • Crabs
  • Snakes
  • Oriental bay owl
  • American Crow
  • Meercats
  • Black-eyed Leaf Frog
  • Pitbull
  • Monkeys
  • Rabbits
  • Pandas
  • Seals
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Ravens
  • Ayam Cemani
  • Scottish Terrier


15 Animals With Black Eyes

1. Crabs

Some of the crab species have black eyes. They are mostly found inside caves where there is little or no light. These black eyes help them absorb light and detect movement inside the caves.

Their eyes are so sensitive to bright light. This character helps them survive most predators, like fish and birds. They also use their eyes to find food when clawing in the dark. However, they close their eyes when frightened.

2. Snakes

Snakes are mostly nocturnal, meaning they are mainly active during the night. They use their black eyes to find prey and detect any light movement in the dark.

Although they have excellent eyesight, they don’t use it too much. They depend on other senses for survival. They have a well-developed sense of smell and can detect their prey from afar. They also use uses like touch, hearing, and taste. Their eyes look dark because of the black iris’s color, but in the real sense, the eyes are yellowish or brown.

3. Oriental Bay Owl

Oriental Bay Owl also has black eyes. It also has long legs, a large head, and a short tail. The black eyes are large and round to enable them to detect any light movement in the dark. This adaptation is to help them hunt prey during the night.

Their eyesight helps them see during bad weather or night and notice any approaching enemy or prey. They also have well-developed hearing to help them locate the location of their prey. They have white underparts, and their outside body color varies from dark grayish brown to light brown.

4. American Crow

These birds have black eyes to enable them to find food in dark areas. They also possess a sharp sense of hearing to detect any danger in case of an approaching enemy.

American crows are among the intelligent birds, with their diet consisting mainly of insects, frogs, fish, and some other vertebrates. They mainly live in flocks and develop strong bonds with group members. They are mainly found in most North American regions. Their mode of communication is squawks, chirps, and whistles.

5. Meerkats

Meerkats are born with black eyes, and the black color is among its natural appearance. They have many predators, like owls and coyotes. These black eyes are well adapted to spot any approaching predators at night. Also, during the day, they are an excellent diet for the eagles. This eyesight is so sensitive to bright light and helps them spot predators from afar.

They also use their sensitive eyesight to locate food in the dark during the night. Their eyes have large spots, which are thought to help them camouflage and detect predators.

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6. Black-Eyed Leaf Frog

By Vladlen Henríquez – http://calphotos.berkeley.edu, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5645782

The black-Eyed Leaf frog is born with black eyes, as its name suggests. Their bodies also have white lining running from the top of the head to the eyes. They are mainly made of light green and olive green skin color.

These animals have black eyes with excellent eyesight to help them find mates and spot predators. They are mainly made up of two species: those that see objects far away while the others see objects close up. Their pair of eyes are located on top of the head, enabling them to look down and up simultaneously.

7. Pitbull

Pitbulls are a variety of bulldogs with black eyes with excellent eye vision. They can detect any movement in the dark. However, they not only use their eyesight but also have an excellent sense of smell to find food and detect any enemy from afar.

Pit bulls are among the most robust and intelligent dog breeds. They are well known to possess strong jaws, making them so protective of their owners.

8. Monkeys

Not all monkeys have black eyes; some have blue eyes, brown eyes, gray eyes, hazel eyes, and yellow eyes. Their eyes resemble those of human and cat eyes. They have a round-shaped iris and excellent eye vision with the ability to find predators from far and help them find food in the trees easily.

They can also find food and see objects in dim light or at night. But the funny thing about their eyesight is that they cannot focus for a long time.

9. Rabbits

Rabbits have pigment melanin in their eyes which makes them have black eyes. These pigments help to protect the eyes from sunburns. However, some of the rabbits have amber or green-colored eyes.

Although they have excellent eye vision, they are unable to see colors. Besides, they have poor depth perception. Their many limitations make them prefer living in the dark, making them hide from most predators.

10. Panda

Panda’s eyes are black with a circular ring of fur. These eyes mainly appear to be dark brown or dark in color. Pandas have other incredible features like big heads, funny features, and long snouts.

Some pandas have brown eyes, but you’ll notice black spots around them. These spots are known as panda marks and are mainly formed during the young time when they rub their eyes against objects and trees. Besides having black eyes, they have no excellent eyesight. Due to that, they like spending most of their time sleeping. They are mainly found in dark forests.

11. Seals

Seals are sea animals with incredible eye vision. They use their nose for breathing and mouth for eating. They have the ability to hear 20 times louder than the human ear. They have waterproof skin, which helps to protect the body against water damage.

They mainly reside in the Antarctica Sea to the Arctic Sea. They are among the oldest existing mammals and love living in the polar regions of the world. However, they are also found in the Mediterranean around temperate regions.

12. Black-Headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak is naturally born with black eyes. However, they can be brown to some other species. Their beaks are mainly bright red and possess a long tails. They are mainly found in most North American regions but now occupy most European countries.

They have excellent eye vision and can see objects as far as 10 meters away. Like other birds, they have an incredible sense of hearing and smell, enabling them to detect food from long ranges like 2 kilometers away. They are mainly small, are found in wooded areas, and love insects as their main diet.

13. Ravens

Ravens are among the crow species and are naturally born with black eyes. These animals are scavengers and would eat anything that is dead. They have excellent eyesight to help them locate food high up from the ground. Besides, they possess a well-developed sense of smell, enabling them to find food easily.

They are mainly found in most parts of the content. They are mainly made up of different species well adapted to fit in their environments. Their body is made of black feathers.

14. Ayam Cemani

Ayam Cemani is a chicken breed with its entire body, including the eyes, black. It is mainly found in Indonesia. In the 20th century, you could find them in Asia, but today they are distributed in most countries worldwide.

They are very beautiful and pretty cool with the body color. Unlike other chickens that may have different colors on their body. Their eye color helps them spot predators from afar.

15. Scottish Terrier

The Scottish terrier is a dog breed with its origin in Scotland. Not all of these species have black eyes, but most of them possess black eyes. Their entire bodies are made of black fur and have excellent sensory features like smell, eyesight, and touch.

These dogs can grow up to 10 inches high and have distinctive beards.  Although most of them have a black coating, they could also possess brindle and white coats. These dogs are mainly kept as pets in most homes and are mainly possessed by famous people.

Final Verdict

Animals with distinctive black eyes have unique adaptability to help them survive in their environments. Black eyes are characterized by excellent eye vision.

Most of these animals survive in the dark due to their black eyes, which enable them to find food or even spot predators from afar. Animals with black eyes can see any light movement in the dark or during poor weather. In bright light, their eyesight grows even stronger.

Disclaimer: This blog should not be considered as being professional pet medical advice. The content published on this blog is for informational purposes only. Please always consult with a licensed and local veterinarian for medical advice.

About Shaun Clarke

Shaun is passionate about pets and animals, especially dogs, cats, and rabbits. He owns a dog and a couple of cats too. He loves visiting wildlife sanctuaries and shares a strong bond with animals. When he is not writing, he loves to do a barbecue in the backyard with his family and friends.