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Fat Feathers

Fat Feathers



Ever wonder why birds look fat in winter and thin in the summer? They’re trying to stay cool. Underneath their smooth outer feathers, birds wear down coats all year long. The down keeps them especially warm when they fluff it out to hold more heat next to the skin. This fluffing makes them look fat on cold winter days. When it’s hot, they can’t take off their down coats so they force hot air out of the down by compressing their outer feathers.

Interestingly, cardinal down is actually black under all that red.

This painting is a derivation from a photo generously shared by Don Barrick with permission given for use with unrestricted license. Thank you!


This original painting is:

  • a handmade item
  • 5"x7"x1.25" 
  • painted on deep stretched canvas
  • signed by the artist


* NOTE: Image colors may vary somewhat from the original due to natural display differences in computer monitors

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