Radio 4's Tweet of the Day profiles birds and their songs

song thrush The song thrush is known for its repetitive notes

A year-long Radio 4 series will celebrate tweeting. Not the social media type of tweeting but the bird variety.

David Attenborough will launch the weekday series, Tweet of the Day, next month. The 90-second segments - all 265 of them - will air before the Today programme and be repeated again on Sunday mornings.

Each tweet will be accompanied by a story related to the tweet in question.

In a preview of the series, Attenborough - who presents every episode in May - hears the song of the nightingale. In his inimitable voice, he says: 'They may be plain brown birds, but what they lack in appearance they make up for in song.'

Attenborough says he's 'delighted' to be part of the programme and hopes it will be an educational experience. 'I've seen some of the most incredible animals on my travels around the world, but Tweet Of The Day is a nice reminder of the teeming world of birds on my doorstep As a non-ornithologist, I might even learn a little too.'

Wildlife presenters Steve Backshall, Miranda Krestovnikov and Chris Packham will introduce different episodes in subsequent months.

Made by the Natural History Unit, the series will tell the birds' stories and how they may have influenced culture, literature and music. Some episodes will focus on the birds' rarity.

In Britain there are 596 species on the official bird list, 286 of which are recorded as rare. The series will begin with the cuckoo, a song familiar to many.

Every episode of Tweet Of The Day will be available to download from the Radio 4 website.

The website will also include behind-the-scenes features on how the recordings were made, with profiles of the presenters and wildlife recordists.

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