The Birds is loosely based on a book that was released in 1952, titled the same, written by Daphne du Maurier. Alfred Hitchcock directed the thriller. Tippi Hedren plays Melanie Daniels, a young woman who lives in San Francisco. She enters a bird shop and happens to meet up with Mitch Brenner, played by Rod Taylor. He has gone to the bird store in hopes to purchase a pair of love birds as a gift to his sister on her birthday.
Brenner spots Daniels and begins a conversation with her, pretending he believes she is a sales woman for the store. After a brief chat, he claims they have met before. Daniels is intrigued by the man, yet irritated.
Eventually, Daniels traces Brenner's address and purchases a pair of lovebirds to set inside his home with a note. As she is sneaking out of the house, Brenner happens to spot her leaving the home by boat. Daniels is eerily attacked by a seagull on her trip across the water. Brenner helps her after the attack and asks her to stay for dinner.
The two continue to see each other. They meet up at a restaurant where customers are describing strange bird behavior. Rumors begin to spring up. One customer believes it is the apocalypse and another cannot understand why various species are hanging out together.
The birds begin to appear in greater numbers. As people come from the restaurant to see what is going on, they are attacked. Melanie runs to a phone booth for safety. Mitch saves her and takes her to his ex-girlfriend's home, only to find that she has been killed in an attack as well.
Melanie and Mitch block the doors and windows of the home. Flocks of birds continue to attack the house, trying to find ways to enter. The home is filled with sounds of birds crashing into windows and doors, attempting to push through the seals.
The birds break through the roof upstairs. They begin to swoop down and attack Melanie. Mitch hears the attack and runs up the stairs to take her to safety. Mitch sees that she is in need of medical attention and attempts to get her to the hospital. Radio transmissions report that the birds have attacked communities all around them, requiring the assistance of the National Guard.