How Birds Survive in Winter

Learn about the behaviors and physiological adaptions that birds use to combat cold weather.

January 24, 2021

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How Birds Survive in Winter


Winter can be a cold, dark time when food is scarce. Birds fight to stay alive during this season by using a variety of behavioral and physiological adaptations. Many of these are the same things you and I would do. But birds also have some amazing, unique adaptations to winter that we can only marvel at.

Learn how birds generate heat and conserve it, and about the challenges they face in the cold season.

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Photos of some birds mentioned

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristus). Public domain photo.
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps). Photo by Stan.
Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii). Public domain photo.



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