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Some Birds Enter A Hibernation-Like State Called Torpor to Survive Winter's Chill

Some Birds Enter A Hibernation-Like State Called Torpor to Survive Winter's Chill

— To save heat and energy, Common Poorwills can dial down their heart rate, breathing, and body temperature for weeks at a time.
What Is an Owl Pellet?

What Is an Owl Pellet?

— Unable to digest the teeth, bones, and feathers of prey, owls regurgitate the remains in a single nugget.
Crow Pairs Strengthen Their Bond Through Preening

Crow Pairs Strengthen Their Bond Through Preening

— A rarely seen (and heard) behavior shows us one way crows show affection.
How the Yellow-rumped Warbler Survives Northern Winters

How the Yellow-rumped Warbler Survives Northern Winters

— While most wood warblers head south to warmer climes, 'butterbutts' hunker down for the long, cold haul.
A Brief History of Cars Named for Birds

A Brief History of Cars Named for Birds

— Going back to the 1920s, automakers learned one way to successfully market a car: Name it after a bird.
Where Some of Your Favorite Summer Birds Head Each Winter

Where Some of Your Favorite Summer Birds Head Each Winter

— In Oaxaca, Mexico, many U.S. bird species mingle with residents of the tropics as the weather starts to chill.
Why the American Woodcock's Ears Are Below Its Big Eyes

Why the American Woodcock's Ears Are Below Its Big Eyes

— Thanks to a rearranged skull and brain, this bird can forage for worms while keeping watch for predators.
How Do Birds Spend Cold Winter Nights?

How Do Birds Spend Cold Winter Nights?

— Huddling together and fluffing up are some of the ways that birds protect themselves from the chills of winter.
Hear the Commotion of Thousands of Birds on Texas's Bolivar Peninsula

Hear the Commotion of Thousands of Birds on Texas's Bolivar Peninsula

— Most winters, the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary is home to 5,000 or more birds like sandpipers and American Avocets.
Which Three Raptors Live on Every Continent but Antarctica?

Which Three Raptors Live on Every Continent but Antarctica?

— Highly adaptable and capable of flying long distances, they are some of the most successful bird species in the world.
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