Bird or Bunny? This Viral Video Has the Internet Divided

August 21, 2019

(1010 WINS) -- Remember the viral debate in 2015 over whether a dress was blue or gold?

Well, another similar optical illusion brouhaha has emerged. But this time, it's whether a bird or a bunny is in a video posted by Daniel Quintana, a senior researcher at Norway's University of Oslo.

“Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose,” he tweeted, along with the video.

He later told CNET, "I thought it was fairly clear that the video was of a bird."

“As you can see the translucent nictitating membrane sweep across the eye horizontally (rabbits don’t have membranes like this) and the positioning of the ‘ears’ are a little strange,” he said.

“I made the rabbit comment to prime readers into thinking it was actually a rabbit, to give it a fighting chance at least. When you only see the beak in your peripheral vision, it really seems like they’re ears. Without this misleading cue, I thought most people would have seen a bird.”

The idea was based off “the static bird/rabbit illusion” created by psychologist Joseph Jastrow in 1899  to prove the power of suggestion, Quintana said. 

“The static bird/rabbit illusion is well-known within psychology and philosophy, so when I saw [the Imgur] video, I thought it would interesting to share it," Quintana said.

So, is it a bird or a rabbit?