birds in the mojave desert


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  • Location: San Bernadino, California, United States
  • Source: Mojave Bird Life
  • Info: Live Mojave Desert webcam showing birds and wildlife at a watering hole. The webcam is located in the desert landscape of San Bernadino. The birds in the Mojave Desert are unique and colorful and find ingenious ways of escaping the searing summer heat and surviving the bitter winter cold.

More info: Common visitors to the Mojave Desert waterhole include Anna's and Costa's hummingbirds, lesser goldfinches, verdins, cactus wrens, California thrashers, California scrub jays, black-throated sparrows, house finches and sparrows, mourning doves, Eurasian collared doves, ravens and Cooper's hawks.

Birds and small mammals living in a hostile desert are able to lose heat by panting. By breathing quickly, they push air over moist surfaces of their lungs, throats, and mouths and as the water evaporates, it takes heat with it. Some birds can pant extremely quickly —a mechanism known as gular fluttering, wherein they vibrate moist throat membranes to evaporate more water and expel more heat.

Some birds like roadrunners, thrashers and quail, have featherless scaly legs, a feature which helps them release heat in to the atmosphere.