David Attenborough's comprehensive and richly detailed study of birds, examining the variety of different species and their ways of life.
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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. Written by Chris White

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David Attenborough: Birds were flying from continent to continent long before we were. They reached the coldest place on Earth, Antarctica, long before we did. They can survive in the hottest of deserts. Some can remain on the wing for years at a time. They can girdle the globe. Now, we have taken over the earth and the sea and the sky, but with skill and care and knowledge, we can ensure that there is still a place on Earth for birds - in all their beauty and variety... if we want to... and surely, we should.
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Enthralling documentary
13 June 2004 | by (Sunnyvale,US) – See all my reviews

Though I was/am not a great nature lover, this series succeeded in keeping me interested right throughout with its excellent commentary (credit to Attenborough). The documentary covers the origins, types( sea/land, veg/meat-eating), acquisition of food, communication methods, mating rituals, laying of eggs, raising family, and finally dangers to its existence in modern world.

Except the goose and swans, most of them seem are prone to either infidelity/polygamous relationships or seasonal relationships, treacherous behaviour to obtain food etc. And all of them are territorial.

Some of the stuff which was fascinating:

-how the bower birds decorate their nests to attract mates

-polygamous birds especially the sparrow .

-how one mother bird (cant remember which one) kills one of its weakest child for survival

-how a crow breaks a nut in middle of a busy Tokyo city street

Not much is covered on migrant birds behaviors. For that I would recommend the movie 'The winged migration'.


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