Why do birds stand on one leg?

Have you ever wondered why flamingos, Canada geese, and other birds stand on one leg? Well, if you thought it was some sort of bird yoga, we have some bad news for you – it’s not. There are a few reasons why birds keep their legs tucked in close to their body and none of them have to do with meditating.

Two geese standing on the icy surface of the lake.

The most common reason, especially for birds in Canada and other northern areas, is to conserve heat. While their bodies are covered in fluffy warm feathers, their legs are bare and they can get pretty cold when they’re exposed. By bringing one leg up to their body, birds don’t lose as much heat and they can stay nice and warm.