The Life of Birds, Series 1
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Birds are one of the most successful creatures on earth. Over 9,000 species span the globe, winging their way from the arctic to the Antarctic, from deserts to jungles. Sir David Attenborough uncovers new research into the behaviour of these perfectly adapted conquerors of the air.
|1||VideoTo Fly or Not to Fly?||David Attenborough takes us back through time to show how birds evolved from the dinosaurs and took to the air.||49:11||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoThe Mastery of Flight||They can fly with their wings back at speeds in excess of two hundred miles per hour, or remain in a completely stationary hover. But how do birds even manage to stay airborne?||49:10||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoThe Insatiable Appetite||Birds have evolved an amazing range of bill shapes and sizes designed to hammer out grubs from trees, winkle out tiny seeds from fruits, and sip nectar from the deep recesses of flowers.||49:10||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoMeat Eaters||To hunt, birds need super-senses and great skill. Some birds use exceptional hearing to track down their prey, while others use their supreme vision or a heightened sense of smell.||49:09||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoFishing for a Living||Fresh and salt waters all over the world are rich in food and birds are the best fishers there are.||49:05||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoSignals and Songs||Birds have become expert communicators and use extraordinary patterns of colour and beautiful songs to deter predators, intimidate rivals and even impress potential mates.||49:21||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoFinding Partners||Male birds use both extraordinary displays and bizarre rituals in order to turn a females head, but for many species it is girl power that rules the dating game.||49:11||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoThe Demands of the Egg||Birds employ an extraordinary variety of techniques to construct their nests and protect their eggs from predators.||49:11||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoThe Problems of Parenthood||Parents may have to keep their chicks warm or cool, fed and healthy for months before they fly the nest.||49:11||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoThe Limits of Endurance||Birds are able to survive in some of the harshest and most bizarre places on the planet.||49:09||£1.89||View In iTunes|
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I watched this when it came on telly. It is fascinating who birds have developed over the eons to do things differently. My favourite is the one on how birds are built to fly differently.