Q:

Are birds warm blooded or cold blooded?

A:

Birds and mammals are warm-blooded animals because they can keep their body temperatures constant regardless of the surrounding temperatures. Birds and mammals can regulate their temperatures through different methods.

For example, in cold weather, birds can generate body heat by converting most of the foods they eat into energy. This energy helps to keep their body temperatures constant. Birds also keep warm because they have feathers. Likewise, some birds often migrate from colder to warmer areas for the winter.

Similarly, to keep body temperature constant in hot weather, birds can seek shade or a water source to cool down. Because birds do not have sweat glands like mammals, they regulate their body temperatures by panting through their mouths. Other ways they can keep cool are either to decrease their activity levels or spread their feathers to allow circulating air to reach their hot skin.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What are tips for identification of birds of prey?

    A:

    Birds of prey, also called raptors, are carnivores and can be identified by their sharp, hooked beaks and the curved talons that enable them to capture and kill their prey. They generally have drab plumage of black, brown, gray and white feathers that aid camouflage while hunting. They can also be distinguished by their broad wings, which help them soar, and their tails, which enhance maneuverability while in flight.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What kind of bird has an orange beak?

    A:

    Birds that have orange beaks include the cattle egret, the American oystercatcher, the horned puffin, the Northern cardinal and the American white pelican. The cattle egret is the only type of small white egret that is identified by an orange bill. The bird can be found throughout North America.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do pigeons fly south for the winter?

    A:

    Rock Pigeons do not fly south for the winter, according to All About Birds. In fact, once a nesting place is chosen, pigeons stay year-round. There is no migration during summer or winter months.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the difference between cool-mist and warm-mist humidifiers?

    A:

    The difference between warm- and cool-mist humidifiers, according to the Mayo Clinic, is merely the humidifiers' temperatures. Warm mist humidifiers heat water until it steams, and cool mist humidifiers create a vapor. Both produce equal amounts of humidity, however.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore