Bird-centric TV and Movies

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The Life of Birds (1998 TV Series)
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David Attenborough's comprehensive and richly detailed study of birds, examining the variety of different species and their ways of life. (489 mins.)
 
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Winged Migration (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents. (98 mins.)
 
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March of the Penguins (2005 Documentary)
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In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. (80 mins.)
Director: Luc Jacquet
 
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Ghost Bird (2009 Documentary)
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Ghost Bird is a non-fiction feature about a small town in Arkansas, an extinct giant woodpecker and everybody looking for the Holy Grail of birding... (85 mins.)
Director: Scott Crocker
 
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The Big Year (2011)
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Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition. (100 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
 
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The Birds (1963)
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A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
 
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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003 Documentary)
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A homeless musician finds meaning to his life when he starts a friendship with dozens of parrots. (83 mins.)
Director: Judy Irving
 
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Opposable Chums: Guts & Glory at the World Series of Birding (2008 Documentary)
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A look at the World Series of Birding, an annual team competition to see the most birds in New Jersey in a twenty-four-hour period. (65 mins.)
Director: Jason Kessler
 
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Fly Away Home (1996)
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A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air. (107 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
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American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising... (90 mins.)
“ Biography of Audubon. ” - sienel
 
11.
Dirty Jobs (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Vomit Island Workers (2007)
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Mike Rowe gets dirty as he braves the untamed world of Vomit Island, a place where few have ever been and even fewer would ever want to go. Mike's mission is to help band and count newly hatched Herons on the poo covered island. (60 mins.)
“ Dirty Jobs visits Lake Erie's West Sister Island to assist with a bird-banding operation. ” - sienel
 
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Big Birding Day (2010 Documentary)
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A glimpse into the world of competitive birdwatching, as three friends attempt to see as many species as possible in 24 hours. (13 mins.)
Director: David Wilson
 
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Happy Feet (2006)
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Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce! (108 mins.)
 
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Rare Birds (2001)
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A down-and-out restaurateur and his neighbor hatch a plan to lure luminaries to their small Newfoundland town. (99 mins.)
“ Newfoundland restaurant owner fakes a sighting of the extinct Labrador Duck to bring in the birdwatchers. ” - sienel
 
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Natural World (1983 TV Series)
Episode: Birds of Paradise (2010)
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Living in the depths of the New Guinean Rainforest are birds of unimaginable colour and beauty. When...
Director: Brian Leith
 
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Island of the Vampire Birds (1999 Documentary)
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“ Attenborough documentary on the finches of the Galapagos Islands. ” - sienel
 
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The Legend of Pale Male (2009 Documentary)
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This is the true account of one of the most surprising and remarkable love stories in the history of New York... (85 mins.)
Director: Frederic Lilien
 
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Hoot (2006)
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A young man (Lerman) moves from Montana to Florida with his family, where he's compelled to engage in a fight to protect a population of endangered owls. (91 mins.)
Director: Wil Shriner
 
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Paulie (1998)
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Paulie, a talking parrot, recounts his travels looking for his original owner to a Russian janitor who helps him to the end of his journey. (91 mins.)
Director: John Roberts
 
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The Real Macaw (1998)
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An ancient talking macaw named Mac becomes the saving grace for an elderly man threatened with a nursing home... (91 mins.)
 
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Pale Male (2002 Documentary)
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A documentary about Pale Male, a red tailed hawk, who lives on the side of a Fifth Avenue building. (54 mins.)
Director: Frederic Lilien
 
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Rare Bird (2006 Documentary)
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Imagine finding a pterodactyl alive and nesting on an obscure island. Rare Bird is the true story of... (81 mins.)
 
23.
Flight of the Whooping Crane (1984 Documentary)
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This documentary follows the migration of the endangered Whooping Crane from its wintering grounds in...
 
24.
Operation Egglift: To Save the Whooping Crane (1986 Documentary)
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(14 mins.)
 
25.
The Whooping Crane (1986 Documentary)
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(10 mins.)
 
26.
It's Tough to Be a Bird (1969 Documentary)
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Part cartoon and part documentary, this film offers a humorous look at birds and the ways people perceive them. (21 mins.)
Director: Ward Kimball
 
27.
Seven Crows a Secret (1994 Documentary)
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(29 mins.)
Director: John Forrest
 
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The Private Life of the Gannets (1934 Documentary)
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A 1934 GB production that was picked up in 1937 by Educational for 20th Century Fox distribution about the gannet... (10 mins.)
Director: Julian Huxley
 
29.
Bill Bailey's Birdwatching Bonanza (2010 TV Series)
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Bill Bailey presents a tongue-in-cheek competition series in which various celebrities compete against one another in a variety of tasks related to birdwatching. (60 mins.)
Director: Tony Lee Moral
 
30.
Kes (1969)
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon. (110 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Loach
 
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The Hawk Is Dying (2006)
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A Gainesville Florida auto upholsterer (Giamatti) attempts to subvert his mundane life by training a wild, red-tailed hawk. (112 mins.)
 
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Birding Adventures (2009 TV Series)
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On the Wing (2008 Documentary)
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Tells the story of a remarkable flock birds that became the heart of a wonderful American city where people work to coexist with nature instead of smoking it out. (61 mins.)
Director: Dan Viens
 
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The Winds of Fogo (1970 Short Film)
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Director: Colin Low
 
35.
The Barrens Quest (1997 Documentary)
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A man searches for the breeding ground of a near extinct bird - the Eskimo Curlew. (44 mins.)
Director: Peter Blow
 
36.
A Great White Bird (1976 Documentary)
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(52 mins.)
 
37.
Twixt Heaven and Earth (1998 Documentary)
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A look at the swainson's hawk. (48 mins.)
Director: Donna Caruso
 
38.
Birds, Birds, Birds! An Indoor Birdwatching Field Trip (2005 Documentary)
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70 minutes of bird video and photos of birds found in Midwest and Northeast North America. 17 quizzes to test your bird ID skills (by habitat, difficulty level or species group). Over 600 high-quality photographs of 218 different bird species (90 mins.)
Director: John Feith
 
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BirdWatch (1997 TV Series)
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Stokes Birds at Home (2000 TV Series)
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41.
Wild America (1982 TV Series)
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Series exploring the variety of wildlife found throughout the United States. (30 mins.)
Director: Marty Stouffer
“ US-focused nature show with several episodes devoted to birds. ” - sienel
 
42.
Nature (1982 TV Series)
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Documentary series exploring various global wildlife issues and subjects. (60 mins.)
Director: Nigel Cole
“ US-produced nature show with several episodes devoted to birds. ” - sienel
 
43.
Wildlife on One (1977 TV Series)
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“ UK-produced nature show with several episodes devoted to birds. ” - sienel
 
44.
Kingfisher: Secret Splendour of the Brooks (1984 Documentary)
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Director: Ronald Eastman
 
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Nature's Unique Angles (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Rulers of the Sky (????)
 
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Nature's Unique Angles (2005 TV Series)
Episode: The Owl Kingdom (????)
 
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Nature's Unique Angles (2005 TV Series)
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Saving a Species: The Great Penguin Rescue (2006 TV Movie)
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After an oil spill off the coast of South Africa threaten an entire population of penguins, a call for help was heard around the world... (22 mins.)
Director: Guy Nickerson
 
50.
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
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The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel. (94 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
 
51.
Happy Feet 2 (2011)
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Mumble's son, Erik, is struggling to realize his talents in the Emperor Penguin world. Meanwhile, Mumble and his family and friends discover a new threat their home -- one that will take everyone working together to save them. (100 mins.)
 
52.
Waterfowl: A Resource in Danger (1964 Documentary)
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(17 mins.)
Director: Don Virgo
 
53.
Birders: The Central Park Effect (2012 Documentary)
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A diverse group of full-of-attitude New Yorkers reveals how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed their lives. (61 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Kimball
 
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Higher Ground: The Cahow Translocation Project (2011 Documentary)
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(36 mins.)
Director: Ben Watson