You’re probably familiar with the saying “birds of a feather flock together”, but did you know that birds are warmblooded, meaning they are able to maintain their temperature no matter of the environment they are in? But there are times when they are forced to adapt to the nature that can be cruel when you’re forced to sleep out in the open. Get ready to have your heart melted by these cute pictures of various birds cuddling to keep warm against the cold or during a snowstorm. It appears not only humans are fond of snuggling, so start scrolling down the page to get your dose of cuteness for the day.
1. Tree Swallows Huddle Up
I warned you this article was going to be a cute overload. What we’re looking (and smiling from ear to ear) at here is Tachycineta bicolor or the tree swallow. Weighing as much as 20 grams, these birds are very social even outside of the breeding season.
2. Not a Caterpillar
If you thought this was a caterpillar, you were wrong. This is actually a flock of European Bee eaters, warming up by hugging fellow neighbors. This strongly migratory little bird can be found in southern Europe, some northern parts of Africa and even in Asia. Its plumage is richly colored, with a black beak and it can grow as long as twenty nine centimeters (eleven inches).
3. Baby Owl Pack
This photo was taken in Kanha National Park in India and it doesn’t get cuter than this. It seems like the baby owls are camouflaged in the hollow of the tree, probably dreaming about Hogwarts. They seem so peaceful, you just want stretch your hand and pet one.
4. Swallows During a Spring Snowstorm
These swallows knew what to do when they were taken by surprise by a snowstorm in mid May. They huddled together and waited it out. It appears their slow metabolism helps them slip into a state of semi-torpor, which worked wonders. No swallow was injured during the taking of this photo.
5. Cuddle birds
These tiny colorful birds don’t give me the impression they’re in danger of freezing to death, which leaves us with one more explanation for this cuddle sessions. They just like snuggles. Some birds sleep as close as their fellows as possible and who can blame them?
6. Superb Fairy Wren Chicks Cuddled With Their Dad
I kid you not, that’s how this bird is called, the Superb Fairy wren. Its bombastic name aside, this little fellow is territorial and sedentary, which could explain the look of exhaustion on the father’s face after gathering grasshoppers for its hungry babies. The Superb Fairy Wrens can be found in almost any area which has some undergrowth for shelter, but these tiny birds also seems to have adapted well to urban environments too.
7. Smooth Billed Ani
These smooth billed ani aren’t particularly fond of the morning breeze. So they huddled up to keep warm and wait for the Sun to do its job. These are large birds from the cuckoo family that can be found in Florida, the Bahamas and the Carribeans. You won’t find any smooth billed ani nestles lower than three meters from the ground. Females can lay as much as ten eggs at once and they only have to wait fifteen days for them to hatch.
8. Finch Family
This family of finch little birds are hugging for warmth on a chilly morning. They have a vivid plumage and are not migratory birds. You can see them almost everywhere in the world, except in Australia and the polar regions.