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Picture of the Week: Blue with Cold

Cold Bluebird. Photo by Karin Pelton
Photo by Karin Pelton of Jackson, MO.

This female Eastern Bluebird is in a classic cold weather pose. To conserve energy and retain warmth, birds fluff up their feathers, draw their head in or tuck it under a wing, and shiver. They may scrunch down by bending their legs, or tuck one foot up under their feathers to further reduce heat loss.

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