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The Life of Birds

(UK, 1998)

The very last available (The Private Life of Plants is not yet on Region One DVD) David Attenborough series we hadn’t seen, and I can’t think why we waited so long. Birds, as a family, are pretty good contenders for the most interesting animals on the planet, and many of them are certainly the prettiest. As always, David shows us some very unusual ones, as well as exploring the general principles by which they have to get by. Flying is hard, though many birds make it look easy. I’m not going to describe each episode this time; the segment titles are self-explanatory:

To Fly or Not to Fly?
The Mastery of Flight
The Insatiable Appetite
Fishing for a Living
Signals and Songs
Finding Partners
The Demands of the Egg
The Problems of Parenthood
The Limits of Endurance