Insulated Blackbirds

Insulated Blackbirds

Unlike many other birds, European blackbirds don’t migrate. So how do they survive the brutally cold winter in Germany?  This is the Creation Moments Minute.

To cope with the winter cold, European blackbirds fluff up their feathers. This creates more insulating dead air spaces between their warm bodies and the cold. Then they tuck their head inside the feathers, making their body into a ball – the most heat-conserving shape possible. The blackbirds are also able to reduce their energy needs by lowering their body temperature at night when they are curled into a ball. Scientists have found that, as a result, European blackbirds are in no danger of freezing, even at 20 degrees below zero, as long as they can get enough food!

The intelligent special designs found in the European blackbird reflect a sophisticated knowledge of biochemistry and physics. By its very existence, the European blackbird glorifies our Creator God.

For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.


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Ref: “Stay-at-home blackbirds cope with cold.” Science News, Aug. 25, 1984, p. 119.


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