Welcome to Fluffed Up Birds.
Birds fluff up for many reasons.
They may be cold. Then this helps them stay warm.
They may be hot. Then this helps them cool down.
They may be excited. Then this helps them appear larger, and thus more impressive or more frightening.
They may be stretching. Then this helps them feel good.
They may be acting like a bird. Then this helps them cause confusion in human observers.
When I searched through my files to create this article, I found only a few photos of fluffed up birds each year.
Then, on my next outing, I noticed that birds fluff up often. So now I’m being more alert for fluffed up birds.
American Dipper, Fluffed up to Stay Warm in Zion National Park
Light-footed Ridgeway’s Rail, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, CA
California Towhee, Who Seemed to Be Excited
Canada Goose Gosling, Naturally Fluffed Up
Long-billed Curlew, Central Coast, CA
Common Raven, Staying Cool on a Hot Day
Curve-billed Thrasher, Who Fluffed Up for This Photo
European Starling, Fluffed up to Join the Show
Gray-headed Dark-eyed Junco, on Snow in Zion National Park
Bushtit, Female – These small birds almost always appear disheveled (fluffed up).
Great Blue Heron Showing Off
Hooded Oriole, Male, Staying Cool on a Hot Day
Juniper Titmouse, December in Zion National Park
Mourning Dove, Acting Like a Bird
Northern Mockingbird, Demonstrating a Partial Fluff
Western Bluebird, Female, Looking Extra Pretty by Fluffing Up
White-crowned Sparrow, 1st Year Juvenile, December in San Antonio, NM
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