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, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in fluffed up birds

American Dipper, Fluffed up to Stay Warm in Zion National Park


Light-footed Ridgway's Rail, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Fluffed up Birds

Light-footed Ridgeway’s Rail, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, CA


California Towhee, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

California Towhee, Who Seemed to Be Excited


Canada Goose Gosling, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Canada Goose Gosling, Naturally Fluffed Up


Long-billed Curlew, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Fluffed up Birds

Long-billed Curlew, Central Coast, CA


Common Raven, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Common Raven, Staying Cool on a Hot Day


Curve-billed Thrasher, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Curve-billed Thrasher, Who Fluffed Up for This Photo


European Starling, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

European Starling, Fluffed up to Join the Show


Gray-headed Dark-eyed Junco, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Gray-headed Dark-eyed Junco, on Snow in Zion National Park


Bushtit, Female, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Bushtit, Female – These small birds almost always appear disheveled (fluffed up).


Great Blue Heron, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Great Blue Heron Showing Off


Hooded Oriole, Male, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Hooded Oriole, Male, Staying Cool on a Hot Day


Juniper Titmouse, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Juniper Titmouse, December in Zion National Park


Mourning Dove, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Mourning Dove, Acting Like a Bird


Northern Mockingbird, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Northern Mockingbird, Demonstrating a Partial Fluff


Western Bluebird, Female, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Western Bluebird, Female, Looking Extra Pretty by Fluffing Up


White-crowned Sparrow, 1st Year Juvenile, in fluffed up birds, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

White-crowned Sparrow, 1st Year Juvenile, December in San Antonio, NM


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