This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cuixtli (“Kite,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a profile view of the head of a small bird of prey (the cuixtli), which is called a "kite" in English. It has wispy tufts of feathers, its eye is open, and its beak is open. It looks like an eagle (cuauhtli), but the writer has provided a stellar or starry eye (ixtli, which rhymes with cuixtli), as a phonetic indicator to help the reader know the intention behind the bird's head is not cuauhtli. The eyelid of the stellar eye is white, unlike sometimes.
It is difficult to say which part should be read first, but perhaps the bird. The eye above it is just to clarify or support the reading; so, alternatively, it could go first, tipping off the reader about what is to come.
ojos, pájaros, aves rapaces, rapaz
cuix(tli), small bird of prey called a kite, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/cuixtli
Milano (un pequeño ave de rapiña)
Codex Vergara, folio 10v, https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84528032/f28.item.zoom
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