The Life of Birds

Episode 01 - To Fly or Not to Fly? This episode looks at how birds first took to the skies in the wake of the insects. It begins in Mexico, where Attenborough observes bats being outmaneuvered by a red-tailed hawk. Pterosaurs were the birds' forerunners, some 150 million years after dragonflies developed the means of flight, but eventually went extinct together with the dinosaurs. Birds had by then already evolved from early forms like Archaeopteryx, the first creature to possess feathers. Its ancestry can be traced through reptiles, and some current species, such as the flying lizard, possibly show paths this evolution may have taken. (from

Episode 01 - To Fly or Not to Fly?

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Episode 01 - To Fly or Not to Fly?
Episode 02 - The Mastery of Flight
Episode 03 - The Insatiable Appetite
Episode 04 - Meat-Eaters
Episode 05 - Fishing for a Living
Episode 06 - Signals and Songs
Episode 07 - Finding Partners
Episode 08 - The Demands of the Egg
Episode 09 - The Problems of Parenthood
Episode 10 - The Limits of Endurance

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