Tweet of the Day: World Tweet
When Tweet Of The Day launched last year, it was only British birds that were chosen to lure the nation into wakefulness, but from September the Tweet Of The Day team will begin scouring the globe for the most interesting, distinctive and downright peculiar birdsong to bring back to Radio 4 listeners.
“Having explored some of the richness and variety of British birds over the past year, I am delighted now to have the opportunity to venture beyond these shores and revisit through birdsong some of the extraordinary and far flung places I have been fortunate enough to visit during my career."Sir David Attenborough
David Attenborough will launch the new series with the blue bird-of-paradise, a native of New Guinea. He comments: “When you first hear the call of the blue bird-of-paradise, it utters a sound so un-bird like you could be forgiven for thinking it came from some form of electronic device hidden nearby in the New Guinea forests.”
Of the new series, Sir David says: “Having explored some of the richness and variety of British birds over the past year, I am delighted now to have the opportunity to venture beyond these shores and revisit through birdsong some of the extraordinary and far flung places I have been fortunate enough to visit during my career. Many species will bring back strong memories for me throughout the series, for example the hyacinth macaw, the emperor penguin and the majestic wandering albatross of the Southern Ocean.”
Michael Palin, whose globetrotting has been documented in such television series as Around The World In Eighty Days, Pole To Pole and Full Circle, will present the final 20 episodes of the series early next year.
Michael Palin says: “On my journeys round the world I'm as fascinated by the natural life as I am by the people I meet. Early morning birdsong is often the first thing to alert me to the fact that I'm somewhere new and different.”
For the benefit of those who have not yet been roused by the early morning Tweets: each episode lasts a minute and a half, and features the song of a particular bird followed by insights into that bird’s behaviour and habits, as well as its literary and folklore associations. The series tells the birds’ stories through science, social history, culture, literature, music and just pure rarity.
Tweet Of The Day can be heard every weekday morning at 5.58am, just before the beginning of Today, and at 8.58am on a Sunday. Further information as well as every past episode of the series can be found on the series website.