Have You Ever Seen A Robin’s Ears?

My new birdbath has become quite a happenin’ place!

The other day I enjoyed watching a couple of Robins splash about.

Robin number one landed in the water and wasted no time before engaging in some serious wing flapping and water spraying.

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His bath was rudely interrupted by a bossier Robin who landed on the edge and then took over the basin.

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As he was scruffing his feathers and giving his head a good scratching, I was fascinated to see that his ear was exposed.


Isn’t that kind of cool!
For most birds, their ear openings stay covered by a cluster of feathers called auriculars.  (I had to look that up!)  These feathers help to protect the ears from debris and also from wind noise.  But sometimes, when a bird is molting or bathing, the ear is visible.

Once the head scratching was complete, this fellow gave himself a thorough soaking…

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…and then shook off the excess water and off he flew.


And now you can say that you are one of the few who has seen a Robin’s ear!
I wonder who will be the next bird bather to enjoy the new bath!

27 thoughts on “Have You Ever Seen A Robin’s Ears?

    1. I knew they must have ears because of the way they listen to the worms, but I never really gave much thought as to where their ears were tucked away.

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