Red Gallery – Northern Cardinal
You are welcome to the Northern Cardinal Photo Gallery, every Saturday!
It’s suggested to relax and enjoy!
During winter, both male and female will fluff up their down feathers in order to trap warm air next to their body and keeping cold air from reaching their body. The down feathers are small and hairlike at the base of each flight feather. The legs and feet of almost all birds are thin and lack feathers, and so are vulnerable to rapid heat loss. Therefore, many take turns tucking one leg at a time into their body to keep them warm while still using the other to stand.