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The Life of Birds

Sir David Attenborough's extensive documentary on birds. The planet's most fascinating feathered creatures are captured in minute detail as he tells the story of how they came to be. Discover how they fly, eat and partner up in the game of life.

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1. To Fly or Not To Fly?
49 mins

David Attenborough explores when dinosaurs developed feathers and took to the air.

To Fly or Not To Fly?

David Attenborough explores when dinosaurs developed feathers and took to the air.

2. The Mastery of Flight
49 mins

A look at how birds have adapted to the skies and perfected the skills needed to fly.

The Mastery of Flight

A look at how birds have adapted to the skies and perfected the skills needed to fly.

3. The Insatiable Appetite
49 mins

A look at the kinds of beaks birds have and how they use them for feeding.

The Insatiable Appetite

A look at the kinds of beaks birds have and how they use them for feeding.

4. Meat-Eaters
49 mins

Birds of prey such as meat-eating parrots, eagles and flamingoes come under scrutiny.

Meat-Eaters

Birds of prey such as meat-eating parrots, eagles and flamingoes come under scrutiny.

5. Fishing for a Living
49 mins

The astonishing fishing skills of birds from across the globe get examined.

Fishing for a Living

The astonishing fishing skills of birds from across the globe get examined.

6. The Eloquent Communicators
49 mins

An examination of the way birds communicate, through song and their feathers.

The Eloquent Communicators

An examination of the way birds communicate, through song and their feathers.

7. Finding Partners
49 mins

An examination of extraordinary displays and bizarre rituals in the bird world.

Finding Partners

An examination of extraordinary displays and bizarre rituals in the bird world.

8. The Demands of the Egg
49 mins

A look at the many ways in which birds construct their nests and protect their eggs.

The Demands of the Egg

A look at the many ways in which birds construct their nests and protect their eggs.

9. The Problems of Parenthood
49 mins

The diversity of feeding practices and behavioural patterns employed by birds.

The Problems of Parenthood

The diversity of feeding practices and behavioural patterns employed by birds.

10. The Limits of Endurance
49 mins

How birds such as penguins and sand grouse have adjusted to harsh environments.

The Limits of Endurance

How birds such as penguins and sand grouse have adjusted to harsh environments.

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