Beaks Help Birds Beat the Heat

Posted: July 29, 2014 at 7:29 pm, Last Updated: August 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm

By studying bird bills roughly the size of a pencil lead, a George Mason University researcher has uncovered how yellow warblers potentially use their beaks to cool down in hot climes, much like an elephant uses its ears.

For males, the hotter it is where they live during mating season, the bigger the bill, says David Luther, an assistant professor in George Mason’s Undergraduate Biology Program in the College of Science.

Read the full article from the Mason NewsDesk on 5/23/2014…