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The Life of Birds was narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and contains ten episodes in total. Each episode of the Life of Birds follows a different aspect of birds. This includes such things as birds' flight, flightless birds, fish-eating birds, predatory birds, and the development of birds. Each episode of the Life of Birds is fifty minutes in length.

BBC Earth
1 Season, 10 Episodes
October 21, 1998
Documentary & Biography
8.9/10
Cast: David Attenborough
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Life of Birds Full Episode Guide

  • Left to their own devices, birds have reached almost all ends of the Earth - still, humans can do many things to help their feathered friends.

  • Raising children is no easier in the air as it is on the ground, as bird parents care for, defend, and even kill their young.

  • Laying eggs and keeping nests are two things that keep birds grounded.

  • Male birds show off in the exotic ritual of mating.

  • The myth that birds only sing for pleasure is destroyed as birdsongs become known as ways of communication .

  • Cameras follow birds as they dive into fresh and salt waters for their meals.

  • Birds eat more than berries; this episode takes a look at birds that eat meat.

  • Discovering the role of beaks within various species of birds.

  • The focus turns to the mastery of flight, from the science of gravity to the ability of birds to cover extremely long distances.

  • The series begins with an in-depth look at flightless birds around the world.

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