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"Attenborough's Big Birds" on BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

David Attenborough presents this quirky film about the world’s oddest birds – the ratites – a feathered family who have never flown a day in their lives!

There are species of birds that have never and will never take to the skies – ostriches, emus, cassowaries, rheas and kiwis. Known for their crazy feathers and their useless wings, they have flourished and evolved in as far flung places as South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. 

Why did these strange creatures evolve to become flightless? Are they nature’s greatest novelty act? And why have they been so successful? How the ratites came to be and how they continue to survive is a fascinating tale that has long captivated Sir David Attenborough. 

In this humorous film he reveals what makes these birds so special. It is a story of dedicated dads, enormous eggs and a serious need for speed. 

Far from being the court jesters of the animal world, these flightless curiosities once nearly ruled the land.

BBC Earth is on Starhub Channel 407.