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)

  • Kea

    Fri, 30 Jan 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the kea from a windswept mountain in New Zealand. A snow-capped mountain in New Zealand's South Island is not a place where you'd expect to find a parrot, least of all a carnivorous one (and with a penchant for rubber). But this is the home of the kea. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Black Sicklebill

    Thu, 29 Jan 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the black sicklebill of New Guinea. The black sicklebill is a breath-taking creature. It's a bird of paradise, and the male sicklebill's black feathers gleam with metallic blue, green and purple highlights. But his most striking features are a slender scythe-like bill, and an extremely long sabre-shaped tail whose central plumes can reach 50cm in length. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Oilbird

    Wed, 28 Jan 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the oilbird, from a Venezuelan cavern. Demonic screeching's and the rush of unseen wings mixed with a volley of strange clicks are the sound backdrop to oilbirds. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Poorwill (American Nightjar)

    Tue, 27 Jan 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the common poorwill from an Arizona desert. In the dead of night, loud calls pierce the stillness on a moonlit track, a small shape suddenly sprouts wings and flutters into the darkness ... a Common Poorwill is hunting. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Red-Eyed Vireo

    Mon, 26 Jan 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the red-eyed vireo from North America. About the size of British great tits, the red-eyed vireo is a common summer visitor to much of North America where they breed in woodlands. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Snail Kite

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the snail kite from the Florida Everglades. Unlike many birds of prey which are known for their speed and agility, the snail kite hunts at a leisurely pace, one which matches its prey; and here in Florida's swamps, it is on the lookout for the apple snail. Produced by Andrew Dawes.

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  • Greater Roadruner

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the greater roadrunner of south western North America. A cuckoo that can run at 20 miles per hour and snap up venomous reptiles might not seem destined for cartoon fame, but that's exactly what happened to the Greater Roadrunner. Producer: Andrew Dawes

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  • Horned Screamer

    Wed, 21 Jan 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the Venezuelan horned screamer. Soundling as if someone is using a giant plunger in the Venezuelan marshes, these are the mating calls of the Horned Screamer. They're sounds that only another Horned Screamer could love, but then screamers are very odd birds. Over the years ornithologists have struggled to classify them, modern thinking puts their closest living relatives as the primitive Australian Magpie Goose. Produced by Andrew Dawes.

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  • Kakapo

    Tue, 20 Jan 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the New Zealand Kakapo, high on the ferny slopes of its island fortress off the coast of New Zealand. Kakapos are flightless and the heaviest parrots in the world. They're also called owl-parrots from their nocturnal habits and open owlish expressions. Like owls their plumage is richly mottled although no owl shares their beautiful moss-green tones. Produced by Andrew Dawes.

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  • Harpy Eagle

    Mon, 19 Jan 15

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Michael Palin presents the Harpy Eagle. Flying over the Brazilian rainforest, this is one of the most powerful birds of prey and links mythological corpse-bearers, the coat of arms of Panama and the Harry Potter films. Produced by Andrew Dawes.

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