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How Chickadees and Other Small Birds Survive Severe Cold

Posted on Feb 7, 2019 by Ryan Brady   No Comments Yet

Brrrr! It’s been cold across the state of late, creating challenges for us and many wildlife alike. Small birds like chickadees seem especially vulnerable yet time and again they persist. How do they do it? In short, a mix of behavioral and physiological adaptations. Learn more >>>

Birds like this Black-capped Chickadee often puff up their feathers to trap heat during severe cold. Photo by Ryan Brady.

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