What are hackles?

What are hackles?

Hackles are long, slender, often glossy feathers on the neck of a bird, especially a male fowl.

Hackles are also the hairs along the back of the neck and backbone of an animal, especially a dog.

When an animal or bird raises their hackles, it is an involuntary action to express communication, such as cold, fear, excitement, anxiety, aggression, nervousness, or uncertainty.

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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