Rain the absolute miracle of the universe. We, humans, rely on rain for many reasons as well as other organisms. Rain touches anything under the clouds. We humans have so many options to not get wet when it is raining, such as vehicles, houses, and much more. The question is what do birds do when it is raining? As we all know they are the closest to the clouds. What will birds do while raining? not many people would have thought about that. So here we are gonna discuss that. Keep reading forward to know interesting facts about our feathered friends.
🐦The first way we can think of is the trees. Most of the time birds flew to a nearby tree when it is raining. They use the leaves as umbrellas and rest on the branches. But trees won’t be a rescuer when there is extreme wind too with the rain. In that case, birds must find something else to their rescue.
🐦The second thought about where birds go while raining is, they just flew to some place where the weather is clear. Before the rain comes, the birds would know about it from the changes in the atmosphere. So they prepare their body for a long flying journey. They eat more food and fly to a place where there is no rain.
🐦Some birds do not go anywhere while it is raining. They just stand where they are. One reason for this is birds have got an oily substance on their feathers naturally. It will help them to stay without wetting in mild rains. This is the reason why we see birds standing in the rain even it is raining.
🐦Some birds cover themselves under the soil or grass when the rain starts to pour. This will help them to make their body warmer in the rain. Birds use leaves and other substances on the floor to cover their body. This is just a temporary solution, this can’t be chosen for heavy rain situations.
🐦Birds tend to find shelter inside human-made houses or shelters. When it rains birds will enter such shelters and when the pouring stops they fly away. But if the rain doesn’t stop for a long time. Birds could not stand in that shelter for a long time. They will get troubled because of hunger. If it was a sudden rain birds might not hold their hunger for a long time. In such cases, they may go outside to find food but most of the time they get attacked by predators or they die because of oversoaking in the rain.
🐦In some cases, when it rains birds stand in a particular position to avoid wetting. Pointing their beaks towards the rain, standing like that make their feather a bit more water resistant. When they stand like that the raindrops will flow off them without wetting the feathers much.
How can we help Birds when it is raining?
Birds are important because they have a significant role in completing our ecosystem. Without them, our ecosystem would be incomplete. Most of the time unexpected rains may cause difficulties for birds. They won’t be able to get proper food. They won’t be prepared for it.
When suddenly it rains they seek refuge in nearby trees or other shelters like buildings. If it is a short rain, birds will fly away after that to fetch food. But if the rain for a long period of time it will cause them difficulty. As humans, we can help birds in such a situation.
- Make a birdfeed near your home and always put some food in that will help the birds when they get into it when it is raining. Some households build a birdhouse behind their home. Which is indeed a good thing. It will help the birds to fly into that when it is raining. A birdhouse is much cheaper than many other useless things we buy from the market.
- Another thing you can do is, add a shade to the house. That is to create a shade structure around the house that can act as a refuge for the birds. Even if they don’t come and sit on it every day, when it is raining it would be a great relief for the birds.
- Providing shrubs and trees in the yard is also a way for us to help the birds out there. They can use the leaves that have fallen on the ground for the vegetation process and they can make their body warmer.
- If you can help any organisms in any way, that would be a great thing you can do in their life. So be helpful, consider all the organisms around you part of your world, and treat them with kindness.