David Attenborough: BBC Earth: Life of Birds: Season 1 (1998)
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David Attenborough: BBC Earth: Life of Birds: Season 1 (1998)

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The first episode looks at how birds first took to the skies. We see the evolution of birds from the Pterosaurs and archaeopteryx to modern day red-tailed hawks and ostriches. We also see the extremely rare Takahē and the nearly extinct kakapo high in the mountains of New Zealand.
 
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The second program explores the mechanics of how birds fly. Propelling oneself airborne is without doubt a bird's most exhausting activity, and here we see a number of the unique methods used by birds around the world to get into the air. Lastly, we look into the contrasting migratory patterns of birds.
 
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The next installment focuses on dietary needs of birds and how different species evolved unique beaks to suit their eating habits. We see the tweezer-like beaks of gold finches for eating seeds and the versatile beaks of the Galapagos finches.
 
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This episode looks at the lives of meat-eating birds and examines their methods of hunting. Attenborough shows us many birds of prey, focusing on their keen eyesight and unique hunting styles. Also featured are omnivorous parrots and sea hawks that hunt marine Iguanas.
 
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Attenborough takes us to the rivers and oceans to look at the water-dwelling birds of the world. We then are taken to the mudflats to look at wading birds and then it's off to Australia to see curious Providence petrels.
 
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This episode explores the ways in which birds communicate. Some birds, like the fieldfares in Sweden, raise audible alarms to deter invaders, while in the wooded areas of England birds co-operate to surreptitiously warn each other of approaching danger.
 
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We follow David Attenborough as he shows us the mating rituals of birds. We see the visual displays of the male birds and hear their calls as they attract females in a variety of courtship rituals.
 
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Once an egg is laid, it needs much help and protection to ensure it hatches successfully. For some birds, this means laying eggs far away from predators - like behind the curtain of a waterfall in South America or the remote cliffs in Argentina. Others use more elaborate methods, like building a decoy nest above their actual nest, or feigning injury to distract would-be marauders.
 
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The penultimate episode explores the ways in which birds raise their offspring. Once the eggs have been successfully incubated, they finally hatch and the real challenge begins: feeding the young. Attenborough also shows us European cuckoos, Arabian babblers, and Brent geese as they raise their young.
 
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Attenborough investigates the challenges different birds must face in order to survive. Birds that inhabit extreme environments have adapted unbelievable survival strategies - like using their feathers to absorb water in the desert or burrowing in the sand to avoid the heat in other warm climates.
Travelling to all corners of the globe, the world's most popular and most respected natural history presenter reveals the fascinating lives of our colourful, feathered friends.
Genres Documentary
Director Joanna Sarsby
Starring David Attenborough View More
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Movie Summary

Travelling to all corners of the globe, the world's most popular and most respected natural history presenter reveals the fascinating lives of our colourful, feathered friends.
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Movie Details

Genres Documentary
Director Joanna Sarsby
Starring David Attenborough
Studio Name BBC Worldwide Americas
Release Date 1998
VUDU Release Date 03/22/2013
Rating TV-G About Ratings
Episodes 10 episodes
Language English

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