Sunning Behavior

Photographed in Washington, by Jim Rosso

Sunning is a care behavior that the bird uses to increase the amount of sunlight that reaches different parts of its body. Since this is done in the sun the bird will usually open its beak which allows it to lose some of the body heat that builds up while it is absorbing the sun's heat.

Examples of sunning: Steller's Jay, Roadrunner, Gt. Blue Heron, Mourning Dove
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