I am writing a story and I specifically need a bird with infrared vision. Worst case scenario I just invent one but that would break the pattern in my story.
The closest thing I have seen from researching myself was this statement, "tawny owl's retina has about 56,000 light-sensitive rods per square millimetre (36 million per square inch); although earlier claims that it could see in the infrared part of the spectrum have been dismissed."
So apparently it was proven that the Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) does not have infrared vision. I couldn't find a better forum to ask this on (I don't know, is there a zoology forum?) so my last resort would be a biologist.