If you've ever heard people speak, you've probably heard the expression "bird's eye view". When people say this they generally mean a top down view, usually from a high place. As it turns out though the view from up high is the least interesting thing about the way birds see.
Obviously birds have sharp vision as well - being able to pick out a mouse in a field of tall grass from a thousand feet in the air is pretty impressive. Beyond that they can also see magnetic fields, they see more colors and brighter colors than we do. They can see the ultraviolet spectrum and have a much wider field of vision than people.
Here is Hank Green of SciShow to explain:
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