Are Tigers Color Blind? Tigers’ Eyesight Explained

Tigers are known for their astonishing visionary power for hunting animals and prey. With the brightest eyesight, they can also perceive a wide range of colors. Some may anticipate tigers are color blind. But in reality, tigers have cons as light receptive cells in their eyes that they use for their color-light visionary function.

Let’s get to know more about it.

Are Tigers Colorblind

Can a tiger see colors?

Tigers have two types of color functionality. Meaning they can only see red and green colors. They have two types of cone cells to perceive color. It’s also called red-green blind. As a result, they find it difficult to distinguish between red/orange tones and green tones.

Let’s take humans, for example. Humans have three types of functioning receptors of color. As a result, we can easily distinguish green and orange tones.

So, because of this missing cone cell, tigers cannot detect a specific light spectrum that results in having two types of color receptors.

How do tigers see colors?

A tiger is walking in the middle of the forest path

Tigers don’t depend too much on color; instead, they use their eyesight for hunting prey. Because of that, they have more rods in comparison with cones. While rods help detect the visual acuity of shapes, cones are responsible for detecting color.

Rods are very useful for detecting movement or animals in the dark and assist them with night vision.

However, in terms of color-detecting capability, two cone cells in their eyes help them to perceive a wide range of colors, especially in daylight.

But as they are dichromatic animals, small (like blue) and medium (like green) wavelengths of colors can be perceived by the two cones. By using their yellow irises and circular pupils, they can see more colors during daylight vision.

Are tigers attracted to red?

As tigers have dichromatic functional color vision, they are unable to distinguish between red and green. This makes it harder for them to detect red specifically.

However, it’s quite common that most mammals’ coloration is red, while green is a bit unusual. Nevertheless, they see orange or reddish color tones as green because of dichromatic vision. That’s why tigers are not explicitly attracted to the color red.

What are tigers’ Favorite colors?

Tigers can recognize a wide range of colors. they can acknowledge blue, green, yellow, and numerous shades of grey. There are no specifications about their favorite color, but they tend to struggle to distinguish between red/orange and green only.

Can colorblind people see tigers?

Black and White Photo of a Tiger

Colorblind people find it difficult to acknowledge a tiger’s true color due to they have only two types of functional receptors to detect color. Even though tigers have black stripes on their skin or fur, their prime color is orange. So, colorblind people see them as more greenish in color instead of orange.


So now we are well aware that tigers usually perceive the environment in hues of yellow, blue, and grey. They aren’t color blind but rather categorize red and green differently despite lacking cones in the eyes.

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