10 Amazing Bird Video Clips
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.
Some Birds of Paradise links
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.
Starling link list
- European Starling, Identification, All About Birds
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology page on Starlings.
- Starling Talk
The care and feeding of injured and orphaned Starlings.
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.
- Save the Albatross
Many species of albatross are under threat from human fishing activities, Birdlife International is trying to help them.
- Albatross Photos
Lots of photographs of albatrosses.
- Annotated List of the Seabirds of the World - Albatrosses
List of the world's albatross species.
- Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters of the World
Identification and ecology of this group of seabirds.
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.
Some Great Hornbill Links
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.
A few Shearwater Links
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.
Some links about Keas
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.
Some Hummingbird Links
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!
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
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
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 - 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.
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.