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10 Amazing Bird Video Clips

Updated on October 2, 2014

Wonderful Bird Videos

Birds are a most amazing group of species, the closest living relatives of dinosaurs, indeed many paleontologists argue that birds are in fact avian dinosaurs; Are Birds Really Dinosaurs?

I have been watching birds since I was 7 years old, but it didn't take me long to see that bird behavior is complex and varied, and that birds are capable of remarkable feats of intelligence and dexterity.

The following are a collection of interesting bird video clips that show some amazing examples of bird behavior. A number of these clips of amazing birds are from the excellent BBC television series "The Life of Birds".

I am lucky enough to be a professional bird watcher and being out, observing birds, on a daily basis allows me to see some incredible bird behavior and I was delighted when I found these cool bird video clips that I will share with you.

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1. The Incredible Crazy Courtship Of A Male Bird Of Paradise

This bird video clip shows the amazing jungle boogie of a male Bird of Paradise doing his best to impress a female. Unfortunately for him, the female looks more bewildered than impressed with this example of bird behavior. I hope that he can be consoled with the fact that he has become internationally famous for his dancing skills; watch this it is incredible how he changes shape and barely even looks like a bird when he does his dance.

2. A Flock Of Starlings Attacked By A Peregrine Falcon

An amazing display of formation flying by a flock of Starlings whilst under bombardment by a Peregrine Falcon can be seen in the second of these bird videos.

3. The Albatross Flying School - Learning How To Fly

Juvenile Albatrosses learrning to fly are stalked by a Tiger Shark in this bird behaviour video. These huge birds struggle to take to the air, but the shark infested waters provide an added motivation to learn quickly.

4. A Male Great Hornbill Feeding His Mate

This video clip shows a male Great Hornbill passing food to his mate in Khao Yai National Park Thailand. The female hornbill is sealed into a cavity in a tree, using mud, where she broods her egg and is totally reliant on the male for food and water; an amazing example of bird behavior.

5. The Incredible Call Of The Superb Lyrebird

This is probably my favourite bird video clip. This amazing lyrebird is able to perfectly mimic the sound of a car alarm, a camera shutter and, best of all, a chainsaw and splintering wood.

If you are not impressed by this incredible piece of bird behaviour then you should not bother with birds.

6. A Mass Of Shearwaters Gather To Feed In The Sea

In this bird video clip a huge number of Shearwaters are flocking to feed on a shoal of fish. A group of dolphins has also been attracted to the site as have a group of snorkelling humans.

7. Keas Vandalizing An Unattended Car In New Zealand

Keas are endemic to New Zealand and a most remarkable parrot. This species lives in snowy mountains and forests and as well as eating seeds, nuts and fruit, they are partial to meat - young birds and even sheep. They are also quite famous for ripping cars apart as this amazing bird video shows.

8. Eagle Aerial Battle Supreme

This is an incredible sight of two eagles fighting in mid air and tumbling towards the ground; who will be the first to let go and be "chicken"? This is one of the most spectacular bird videos.

9. Hummingbird Action On A Nectar Feeder

Some wonderful footage of Hummingbirds coming to a nectar feeder and showing off their amazing flight technique.

These are really cool birds.

Attract hummingbirds to your own garden with these hummingbird feeders.

10. Intelligent Crow Makes And Uses A Tool

Crows are amongst the most intelligent of birds as this video clip proves. Over a course of experiments into avian intelligence this female crow consistently created a hook from a straight piece of wire to collect a food morsel from a glass tube. Quite an amazing bird video - this is one of the highest examples of animal intelligence known.

The Sneaky Shoplifting Seagull - Bonus Video Clip Number 11

Where other top ten web pages go up to ten, this one goes up to eleven! After creating this lens my attention was brought to this most amazing of bird videos where a seagull walks into a shop to steal a packet of crisps! This is so incredible and amusing that I felt that I had to include it here.

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The Life of Birds Narrated By David Attenborough - The Best Bird Documentary Ever!

The Life of Birds
The Life of Birds

If you enjoyed these video clips then you will love The Life of Birds; a fabulous 10-part BBC television series focusing on bird behaviour, ecology and evolution, narrated by David Attenborough - in my opinion, one of the best wildlife documentaries ever made.

 

Some Useful Links For Those Interested In Bird Behavior

Terns and Gulls at Laem Pak Bia, Thailand by Nick Upton
Terns and Gulls at Laem Pak Bia, Thailand by Nick Upton

Bird Song: Biological Themes and Variations - This book explains how complex song has evolved in order for birds to attract a mate and defend their territories.

Audubon Magazine: Explaining Bird Flocks - An illustrated article discussing the significance of bird flocks as evolutionary behavior.

British Trust For Ornithology - Find out about some of the bird behavior of garden birds, including feeding and keeping warm.

Reproductive Behaviour of Birds - This page explains some bird behavior that can be confusing such as nocturnal song, mobbing of raptors and swooping at people.

Why Do Birds Do That? by Michael Furtman

Why Birds Do That: 40 Distinctive Bird Behaviors Explained & Photographed
Why Birds Do That: 40 Distinctive Bird Behaviors Explained & Photographed

This is an informative and beautiful book explaining many aspects of amazing bird behaviour that can be seen at garden bird feeders or whilst birdwatching in the field.

 

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Great Gifts for Bird Lovers
Great Gifts for Bird Lovers

Great Gifts For Bird Lovers - A Selection Of Bird Themed Gifts

I really struggle to know what to buy people for Christmas, birthdays or as a thank you. These days people seem to already have everything they could possibly want, gained by a few clicks of a mouse on the internet. However, if you are buying a gift for a bird lover it is actually pretty simple as there is a huge range of bird-themed ideas available. Bird feeders, bird books, posters featuring birds, DVDs, bird-themed games and so much more is available for you bird-loving friend or family member.

Check out these Great Gifts For Bird Lovers.

Some Great Bird-related Books Worth Reading - I Personally Recommend These

I have personally read all of the following books and I can recommend them all highly. These five bird books are all different in their style and in what they are attempting to convey; none of these are field guides.

Birdwatching Watching is a wonderful account of how a non-birder begins bird watching in order to have something to discuss with his father and as the book progresses he finds that he falls in love with birds himself, even becoming a little obsessed with beating his father in a "big year" competition.

The Secret Life of Birds is an intriguing book which discusses various evolutionary features of birds. This is a well-presented text and provides an interesting insight into bird evolutionary ecology for aspiring ornithologists. Although this is a surprisingly easy and interesting read it contains some real gems of information for bird lovers.

The Life of Birds is the companion book to the superb BBC series of the same name. Written by the authoritative Sir David Attenborough this book is easy but informative reading illustrated with stunning stills from the television series. This is a book which is enjoyable to read from cover to cover or just to dip into the themed chapters for specific snippets of information on avian ecology.

The Big Year is a fun story of three men's obsession with attempting to see more birds in one year than anyone else. This book reveals the levels of fanaticism that hobbies such as birdwatching can frequently drive people to. This fun story can be appreciated by birders and non-birders alike, it is just a question of whether you are laughing with the book's characters or at them. This book has been adapted into a movie starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson & Steve Martin.

The Sibley Guide to Bird Behavior is one of the best books available discussing how bird behavior has evolved and its purpose. David Sibley is one of the world's leading ornithologists and unusually has a knack of being able to communicate detailed scientific information in an interesting way that all readers are able to understand. For those making the step up from casual bird watcher to ornithologist this is essential reading.

For those who spend a lot of time watching birds I think all five of these books will be enjoyable in different ways.

I hope that you enjoyed the bird videos and perhaps this lens may have got birds a few new friends. Please leave a comment on which was your favourite bird video clip.

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      Im Horse Crazy 5 years ago

      Love this lens and love birds!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't that much about your subject, but I know a well crafted lens when I see one. It keep me interested all the way through. Well done.

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      Canvas-Art-Shop 5 years ago

      Wonderful videos, the bird of paradise is sooo cute!

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      ResearchAddict 5 years ago

      This is a great lens. I jump on any chance to watch birds in action

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      nickupton lm 5 years ago

      @SteveKaye: That was my reaction too the first time I saw these videos.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed reading this tonight, thanks for the reader participation parts too.

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      SteveKaye 6 years ago

      I sent the link to this lens to my wife. It's fantastic!

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      nickupton lm 6 years ago

      @KarenHC: The Lyrebird is awesome.

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      leansmasterpranav 6 years ago

      very nice video

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      I agree that the lyre bird video clip is the best -- what an incredible mimic! A close runner up is the whirling eagles clips, then the bird of paradise. I enjoyed them all :-)

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Really interesting lens. I love watching and learning from bird behavior and interactions. Enjoyed the videos. Thanks!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting vids. ~blessed~

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      You've put together a beautiful lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      Really enjoyed this lens and the videos. Adding this to my favorites and blessing.

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      RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

      We love birds they are so fascinating and beautiful. Love the videos, I have seen some of these before on the series and always worth watching again. Lovely lens :).

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      Adriana 6 years ago from New Market

      WOW! Loved the crow's ingeniousness!

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      ZazzleEnchante 7 years ago

      A very good selection of videos, interesting - wonderful lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      Great informative lens...I enjoyed the videos...we have 5 feeders out now and I love watching them all come to the buffet we've set up.

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      VivekS 7 years ago

      even i am no avid bird watcher but they are treat for my eyes. like to thank you for your time in sharing this lens with the world.

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      wilddove6 8 years ago

      Great lens!

      Love the videos, even though I'm a huge David Attenborough fan and have the Life of Birds series...best series on birds out there!

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      Sonya Chappell 8 years ago from UK

      I suppose the lyrebird would have to win as my favorite; but I have really had keas eating the rubber off my windscreen! Great lens; birds are great and we do a lot of birdwatching as a family.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Absolutely fascinating lens! I am so glad you were featured on Squidoo Lens Reviews today! This is exceptional! Blessed! The miracles of nature always astound me!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a creative idea for a lens! A Squid Angel flew by with a blessing for you today!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The seagull is great - I saw it on the news once.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      The videos are good and interesting. I watched all of them . This is one of the best lens in this category. 5stars.

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      Gatsby LM 10 years ago

      Clips are precious! 5* Dog Whisper With Rena

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      DogWhisperWoman1 10 years ago

      5* I love those clips! Dog Whisper Woman

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      flaminglacer 10 years ago

      Excellent Lens Nick - A Squid Angel has passed your way....

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      Classic LM 10 years ago

      Yet another 5*s lens! If you have time, please visit my new lenses called Tiramisu or Chocolatecoveredfruit. Thanks for submitting this great lens to my group Nature and Environment!chirp