Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day

Discover birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a different call or song, followed by a story of fascinating ornithology inspired by the sound. Tweet of the Day is narrated by a host of wildlife presenters including Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Chowchilla

    Fri, 13 Feb 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the secretive chowchilla from Queensland, Australia. The chowchilla gets its name from its song, which is one of the most distinctive sounds of the coastal rainforest of north-east Queensland. You're not likely to see the bird though because it spends its time skulking on the forest floor. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Mauritius Kestrel

    Thu, 12 Feb 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the Mauritius kestrel. Today, the calls of several hundred Mauritius kestrels ring out across the forests and farmland of the island, so it's hard to believe that as recently as the early 1970s, only four birds could be found in the wild. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Ostrich

    Wed, 11 Feb 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the avian record breaking ostrich in the Kalahari Desert. Ostriches are ornithological record-breakers. The black and white adult male ostrich is taller and heavier than any other living bird, reaching almost 3 metres in height and weighing a whopping 150 kilograms. Females are smaller but lay the largest eggs of any bird. The ostrich's eye measures 5cm in diameter and is the largest of any land vertebrate. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Asian Koel

    Tue, 10 Feb 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the Asian koel's arrival to an Indian orchard. This long-tailed glossy blue-black bird, is a well-known British harbinger of spring, and like it's British counterpart, it is a cuckoo. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Cardinal

    Mon, 9 Feb 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the northern cardinal from New York's Central Park. Northern cardinals are finch-like birds and make British robins look positively anaemic. They are common residents in the south and east of North America where they live in woods, parks and gardens. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Black-Nest Swiftlet

    Fri, 6 Feb 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the black-nest swiftlet. Inside an Indonesian cavern, the Black-nest swiftlet lands on the cave wall and begins work on one of the most expensive and sought-after items connected with any bird; its nest. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Magnificent Frigatebird

    Thu, 5 Feb 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the magnificent frigatebird a true oceanic bird, and resembling a hook-billed, pterodactyl of a seabird. Magnificent frigatebirds are some of the most accomplished aeronauts of the tropical oceans. Their huge wingspans of over two metres and long forked tails allow them to soar effortlessly and pluck flying fish from the air, and also harass seabirds. These acts of piracy earned them the name Man-o' War birds and attracted the attention of Christopher Columbus. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Budgerigar

    Wed, 4 Feb 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the wild budgerigar from Australia. Budgerigars are small Australian parrots whose common name may derive from the aboriginal "Betcherrygah' which, roughly speaking, means "good to eat" though it could mean "good food" as budgerigars follow the rains and so their flocks would indicate where there might be seeds and fruits for people. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • American Bald Eagle

    Tue, 3 Feb 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the iconic bald eagle from Alaska. In days of yore, when bald meant "white" rather than hairless, these magnificent birds with a two metre wingspans were common over the whole of North America. They were revered in native American cultures. The Sioux wore eagle feathers in their head-dresses to protect them in battle and the Comanche celebrated the birds with an eagle dance. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Scarlet Macaw

    Mon, 2 Feb 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the scarlet macaw from Costa Rica. The Scarlet Macaw is a carnival of a bird, eye-catching, noisy and vibrant, with a colour-scheme verging on bad taste. Its brilliant red feathers clash magnificently with the bright yellow patches on its wings, and contrast with its brilliant blue back and very long red tail. It has a white face and a massive hooked bill and it produces ear-splitting squawks. Subtlety is not in its vocabulary. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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