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The Secret Life of Birds

The Secret Life of Birds is a five-part BBC documentary series presented by Iolo Williams, which explores the behavior of birds, revealing all aspects of their lives from surviving harsh winters and avoiding predators, to living alongside us in our towns and cities. The series discovers how and why birds communicate; the courtship and nesting behavior of birds; the difficulties birds face in order to stay alive; how birds have adapted to living alongside us; and bird design - from their ability to fly to the way that their beak design, color and camouflage enable them to live in the many habitats.

Episode 1 - Dawn Chorus
Iolo Williams investigates how and why birds communicate, looking at the reasons snipe use their tail feathers to make a very distinctive noise and what's happening when thousands of starlings participate in stunning aerial displays.

Episode 2 - Feathering the Nest
Iolo Williams investigates the courtship and nesting behavior of birds, including the amazing courtship display of great crested grebes and how nuthatch use mud like cement to prepare their nest.

Episode 3 - Living on the Edge
This episode discovers the difficulties birds face in order to stay alive, and includes a dramatic scene in which a sparrow hawk seizes the moment to attack a woodpigeon nest.

Episode 4 - Living with Us
Iolo Williams explores how birds have adapted to living alongside us, making use of our buildings, parks and gardens and even the waste we throw away.

Episode 5 - Designed for a Welsh Life
Iolo Williams explores bird design - from their ability to fly to the way that their beak design, color and camouflage enable them to live in the many habitats.


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