Birds are warmblooded animals, which means that they maintain their body temperature independent of the environment. However, their often tiny size forces them to adapt, and even work together, when it gets cold outside. New Zealand Birds describes this behavior in one species, the fantail:

“They huddle together in such roosts for warmth, the most dominant birds taking the center positions, forcing the immature and more subordinate to the edges where they are at the mercy of the elements.”

This list is our collection of the cutest bird-cuddling photos. Do you have any photos of this adorable behavior? Post them below, or vote on your favorite!

More info: How do birds keep warm? (h/t: lostateminor, nzbirds)

#1

This Is Not A Caterpillar

This Is Not A Caterpillar

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BonniPBrown
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5 years ago

Great pic...sure looks like a caterpillar when the photo is small.

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#2

Tree Swallows Huddle Up With Their Companions

Tree Swallows Huddle Up With Their Companions

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KathleenAbed
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5 years ago

So cute

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#3

Swallows In A Spring Snowstorm

Swallows In A Spring Snowstorm

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JeanneDeaux
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5 years ago

Aw, poor little ones...

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#4

A Baby Owl Pack

A Baby Owl Pack

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JenniferReitmeyer
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5 years ago

Love Love Love

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#5

Superb Fairy Wren Chicks Huddled Together With Their Exhausted Father

Superb Fairy Wren Chicks Huddled Together With Their Exhausted Father

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JeanneDeaux
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5 years ago

Aw, that's so cute... Hope the father could rest a little before they ask for more attention.

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#6

Cuddle Birds

Cuddle Birds

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Cookie
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5 years ago

Birds of a feather flock together.

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#7

Birds During Snowstorm

Birds During Snowstorm

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SheliaMunro
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5 years ago

Beautiful winter picture.

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#8

Napping Goldeneye Chicks

Napping Goldeneye Chicks

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MaxineFultz
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh, so sweet!!

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#9

Family

Family

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BonniPBrown
Community Member
5 years ago

I wish we had pretty birds like this...love the "group" photo.

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#10

Owls Bundled Up On A Cold Morning

Owls Bundled Up On A Cold Morning

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MaxineFultz
Community Member
5 years ago

I just luv owls!

#11

Keeping Warm

Keeping Warm

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DianeDesAutels
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5 years ago

Species?

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#12

Swallows In A Snowstorm

Swallows In A Snowstorm

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MaxineFultz
Community Member
5 years ago

Great pic, luv those birdies!

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#13

Little Family

Little Family

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LauraMullican
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5 years ago

Adorable!!!!

#14

Finch Family

Finch Family

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MarlyVenhofen
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5 years ago

Boa noite!

#15

Group Of Smooth Billed Anis Huddle Together For Warmth In The Early Morning Breeze

Group Of Smooth Billed Anis Huddle Together For Warmth In The Early Morning Breeze

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MaxineFultz
Community Member
5 years ago

Hey!,would somebody move over a bit?

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#16

4 Birds Sleeping Together On A Stick

4 Birds Sleeping Together On A Stick

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Rism
Community Member
5 years ago

This is me and friends in 8hour train

#17

Owls Keeping Warm

Owls Keeping Warm

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JudyDowney
Community Member
5 years ago

Love this, both eyes closed, one eye open & both eyes open...great shot.

#18

Birds Huddled Up Together On The House

Birds Huddled Up Together On The House

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LynnHughes
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5 years ago

That's creepy!

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#19

Flock Of White Breasted Woodswallows

Flock Of White Breasted Woodswallows

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PhebeWatlington
Community Member
5 years ago

Stunning!°

#20

Silvereyes Huddling For Warmth In Winter

Silvereyes Huddling For Warmth In Winter

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SarahMarkCleverley
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5 years ago

Is that really winter ?

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#21

White-winged Fairy-wren Family. Dad (blue) With Three Chicks

White-winged Fairy-wren Family. Dad (blue) With Three Chicks

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Rism
Community Member
5 years ago

Dad is sooo blue right now *sigh

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#22

Bluebirds

Bluebirds

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#23

Hungry Babies

Hungry Babies

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Rism
Community Member
5 years ago

Woah! So many babies

#24

Ducklings

Ducklings

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#25

Two Juvenile Barn Swallows Waiting For Their Parents With Food ©rob Belterman

Two Juvenile Barn Swallows Waiting For Their Parents With Food ©rob Belterman

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SarahWuenschel
Community Member
5 years ago

Me and my sister

#26

Huddle Of Longtailed Tits

Huddle Of Longtailed Tits

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#27

Our Parrots Cuddling. Although, This Wasn't For Warmth, This Is Love :p

Our Parrots Cuddling. Although, This Wasn't For Warmth, This Is Love :p

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DeniseDeniknola
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5 years ago

Too sad they are in jail. Set them free where they belong. :( It bothers me to see birds in cages.

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#28

Waiting For Mum

Waiting For Mum

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#29

Waiting For Mum

Waiting For Mum

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