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Dancing with the Birds

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Male birds build, dance, and sing to attract females.

Movie NR 2019 51 minutes
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At 51 minutes, this documentary makes a succinct and entertaining introduction to the secret life of birds for kids interested in wildlife. British narrator Fry delivers comic and pithy observations in Dancing with the Birds using a Monty Python-esque intonation of irony mixed with admiration. One bird ruffles his shoulder feathers so he can turn himself into an attractive torpedo shape. Another puffs up so that his erect black feathers build a wall in order to display two purple dots resembling eerie eyes. Another builds a tower to attract females, obsessively hanging dead flowers and plant sap like Christmas ornaments from protruding dead twigs, a winning strategy, it turns out. A Bowerbird decorating his tower to perfection hangs, unhangs and hangs again such sticky stuff and Fry looks on approvingly. "Perfect," he pronounces.

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