Great blue heron 'panting' | Things to Do in Cape May NJ

Puppies aren’t the only ones panting in this heat. While birds can’t truly pant like dogs, they do have their own kind of breathing to keep them cool. Some birds take it a step further and do something called fluttering, which is a combination of rapid, open-mouth breathing and quick vibration of the moist throat membranes that causes evaporation. As excess heat leaves the bird’s body with each exhalation, the bird cools. Video by Ranger Poole at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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