There are two different things on his legs. He has a set of anklets that are used to connect a leash system so he can't fly off. And he has a set of bells attached by bewits (just another kind of anklet). I've changed the type of bewit since the thread started. I made some snap on ones, but didn't like them, so I came up with a better design out of paracord.
The football helmet is like blinders for a horse. Keeps him calm. Keeps him from trying to fly to every perch he sees when I'm trying to carry him through the woods and fields. Keeps him from attacking dead rabbits while I'm trying to gut them. Etc. etc.
Also, the crest on top has an actual purpose. It's there to hold onto when you're putting the hood on. Most people hold it between their middle fingers to slip it easily over the bird's head.
This post was edited on 3/15 at 2:21 pm