Imagine it’s hot, and you’re trying to stay cool. Now imagine beating the heat without an ice-cold pitcher of lemonade, or air conditioning…or even the ability to sweat?
Welcome to the life of a bird.
It seems impossible to humans, but for birds, it’s part of the job. From scorching deserts to freezing oceans, birds have developed incredible methods for regulating their body temperatures. Some species modify their behavior when extreme weather hits. Others take advantage of unique natural adaptations. (After all, plenty of avian species can trace their evolutionary history to eras when global temperature averages were much higher. So maybe all that dinosaur blood coursing through their veins is helping?)
Take a look at some of the amazing methods birds use to handle the heat: