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"Attenborough's Birds of Paradise" on BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

In Attenborough's Paradise Birds, Sir David Attenborough traces the origins of mankind’s obsession with birds of paradise; to capture, possess, paint and film them. He himself has spent a lifetime filming their displays, (many for the first time) and researching these birds both in their remote forest homes and in the museums and collections of Europe. 

He reveals the passion that these birds have brought about in so many human hearts, from collectors and painters to wildlife cameramen. Sir David also uncovers the true science behind their extraordinary lives, revealing that, far from being icons of religious virtuosity, the evolution of their beauty has in fact been driven by sex.

Sir David has been fascinated by birds of paradise since he was a child. They inspired him to embark, aged 31, on an epic adventure to the remote island of New Guinea in the hope of filming their bizarre displays for the first time.

BBC Earth is on Starhub Channel 407.

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