Tweet Of The Day Returns - This Time It's Global
When Tweet Of The Day launched last year, it was only British birds that were chosen to lure the nation into wakefulness. Tweet Of The Day returns this September with the most interesting, distinctive and downright peculiar birdsong from around the world.
Editor’s note - There are 10,530 known species of bird in the world, how to choose the 120 species that will make the series? Series producer Andrew Dawes shares his thoughts about choosing the birds and making the programmes.
Some birds instantly came into mind, as they bring wonder and glamour to the natural world. Blue bird of paradise, blue footed booby, emperor penguin, resplendent quetzal slipped under the wire immediately. Others like the unique wrybill, or the blood sucking vampire finch, waited patiently in the wings as encore understudies.
The BBC’s Natural History Unit has been to every corner of the globe but amazingly some birdsong was not included in the back catalogue. What the BBC didn’t have, Macaulay Library in America did. The series had hatched.
I could only choose 120 bird species, therefore many will be missing, yet we hope to bring you the best of what the avian world has to offer around the world; the spectacular, the bizarre, the songsters or in some cases those we’re about to lose forever.
Here are some of the amazing birds who will open the series:
Blue Bird of Paradise
All images © Nature Picture Library
Tweet of the Day: World Birds
Discover birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a call or song, followed by a story of fascinating ornithology inspired by the sound.
Every episode is available as a free download