Sioux Falls Zoologists

"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass the mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Extraordinary Birds for descriptions
of many environments where extraordinary birds thrive.

Extraordinary Birds
These Extraordinary Birds Dazzle and Delight!

Extraordinary Birds (2011) - 440 minutes
Extraordinary Birds at Amazon.com

These tiny marvels take extraordinary to a whole new level!

  • Hummingbirds
    • Because hummingbirds live their lives in fast forward, much of their fascinating world is typically lost to human perception. But using cameras able to capture over 500 images a second, the hummingbird's magical world can finally be seen and appreciated.

These tiny marvels dazzle and delight.

  • Hummingbirds: Magic In The Air
    • Hummingbirds take extraordinary to a whole new level. They are the smallest warm-blooded creatures on the planet, but they are also among the fastest. With wings that beat up to 200 times every second, they are one of nature's most accomplished athletes, the only birds able to hover, fly backwards, and even upside down.

      Because hummingbirds live their lives in fast forward, much of their fascinating world is typically lost to human perception. But using cameras able to capture over 500 images a second, the hummingbirds' magical world can finally be seen and appreciated. Amazing footage shows these little powerhouses are far more than delicate nectar gatherers - they are also deadly predators. And watch as the birds display their elaborate mating rituals, showing off with nose dives that subject them to over ten G's of force - enough to cause an experienced fighter pilot to black out!

      These tiny marvels dazzle and delight bird watchers all over the world, and Nature reveals their stunning abilities as they have never been seen before. Academy-Award-winner F. Murray Abraham narrates.

A bird's eye view of some remarkable fliers!

  • Birds
    • Extraordinary Birds: Follow the warlike falcon hunting for prey, a storm of wild birds who bring a monsoon to an Indian reservation, the 5,000-mile commute of a tiny hummingbird, and more!
    • Program Two: Parrots: Look Who's Talking

Get a bird's eye view of nature - in two exciting programs

  • Extraordinary birds
    • With birds soaring, swooping, and sing-songing all around us, it's sometimes easy to take these finely feathered creatures for granted, But not any more. Stunning Nature photography takes flight to capture the wondrous behavior of the most extraordinary birds, some of whom have developed close relationships with humankind. The camera follows a regal, warrior-like falcon joining men in a hunt for prey; a storm of wild birds hitting a drought-ridden Indian town and bringing a monsoon along with them; a homing pigeon being awarded a medal for saving a thousand men in World War II. Meanwhile, a tiny hummingbird commutes 5,000 miles roundtrip and a pillow-faced barnyard owl attacks rats in the dark of the night - the most compelling history, science, and real-life stories are all here in this special look at special birds.
  • Parrots: Looks Who's Talking
    • They stay faithful to one mate, live long happy lives, and have the power of speech. Of course we're talking about parrots, perhaps the most extraordinary of all birds. Narrated by the classic voice of Nature, George Page, this fun, visually rich special profiles a bird of magnificent color, both in its plumage and in its personality. The program wryly alternates between the wild and the household, showing how these intelligent, remarkably affection, often shameless attention-seekers manage to thrive in both habitats. Adoring owners talk about their parrots, one of whom dunks cookies on command, another of whom loves opera. In a long-awaited moment, some birds also give voice to their feelings, which seem to echo those of their owners.

He won the hearts of New Yorkers!

  • Pale Male
    • Of the millions of newcomers who flock to New York City, a red-tailed hawk's astounding arrival in 1991 made history. Affectionately dubbed Pale Male, he made an exclusive Fifth Avenue apartment building his home.

Meet the Wild Bird Who Became a Fifth Avenue Celebrity

  • Pale Male: He won the heart of New York
    • Of the million of newcomers who flock to New York City, a red-tailed hawk's astounding arrival in 1991 made history. No other red-tailed hawk had ever attempted to make Manhattan his territory. Affectionately dubbed Pale Male, he made an exclusive Fifth Avenue apartment building his home. Pale Male became an instant celebrity who made New Yorker's hearts and imaginations soar. Oscar-winner Joanne Woodward narrates this award-winning presentation of the Emmy-honored PBS series, Nature. Join the close-knit community of bird-watchers who faithfully gather daily to follow the progress of this exquisite, powerful bird of prey, as he hunts Central Park's wild creatures, courts his mate on Woody Allen's balcony, builds a penthouse nest, fiercely protects his family from attacking crows, and encourages his baby chicks to fly. Pale Male and his family become a magnificent obsession for the captivated crowds below. To the regulars on the bench, it's better than Broadway. And so it this very special program that the National Audubon Society has proclaimed "a classic."

"A soaring tribute to our national emblem…masterful," Audubon

  • American Eagle
    • It is the continent's most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak, and penetrating eyes. Yet most people know little about the bald eagle beyond its distinctive appearance.

"A soaring tribute to our national emblem, Masterful." - Audubon Magazine

  • American Eagle
    • Once on the brink of extinction, the bald eagle is one of America's triumphant comeback stories. It is the continent's most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak, and penetrating eyes. Yet most people know little about the bald eagle beyond its distinctive appearance. Filmed in breathtaking high definition, this riveting program takes and unprecedented look at this remarkable bird and its surprising tough struggle to survive in the wild.

Take off with the biggest, fastest, and deadliest things on wings!

  • Raptor Force
    • Raptors are birds of prey and they are a source of inspiration for designers of high performance aircraft. Now, revolutionary tiny camera allow you to take off with these aerial predators!

Fly with Nature's Elite Aerial Killing Machines!

  • Raptor Force
    • An elite group of fliers remain the envy of every human air force. Their targeting skills, cunning battle tactics and nimbleness on the wing are unmatched by any machine. They are birds of prey - raptors - and they are a source of inspiration for designers of high performance aircraft. Now, revolutionary tiny cameras designed by engineer and falconer Rob Maclntyre allow you to take off with the biggest, fastest, and deadliest things on wings! Learn the secrets of nature's aerial killing machines and how they're mastered, more than any other type of bird, the art of soaring. Stunning aerial footage and computer graphics demonstrate how engineers have used raptor's tricks and tactics to devise fighter jets with unprecedented maneuverability and stealth. Experience for yourself what it's like to fly with nature's deadly aces!

Natural wonders!

  • The Wild Side of Paradise
    • Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean: An astonishing and unprecedented look at Cuba's birds and other wildlife.
    • Program Two: Violent Hawaii!

Paradise Has Never Been So Wild!

  • Violent Hawaii
    • Imagine a lost world with lava flowing down mountainsides, violent storms, monster waves, rockslides and even heavy snows. But this isn't a scene form a science fiction novel. This is Hawaii, whose spectacular beauty was forged in fire, and created by turbulent natural forces. Breathtaking high-definition photography captures a side of Hawaii that tourists rarely see. Accompany geologists as they study active volcanoes at close range. Explore a stretch of coastline on the north shore of Maui where waves can rise to as much as 70 feet. Experience a blizzard at the summit of Mauna Kea, Venture into the Hawaiian Islands' deep, warm water, which serves as a protective nursery for thousands of humpback whales. James Naughton narrates this riveting program that reveals how the most brutal forces of the natural world created a tropical paradise.
  • Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean
    • Cuba's political and economic isolation from the United States has afforded us little opportunity to see its wildlife...until now! This astonishing program explores Cuba's coral reefs, swamps, forests, and caves to reveal a wild and mysterious island teaming with some of the most unusual creatures on earth. Through a special arrangement with the Cuban government, unprecedented access was granted to film the astonishing diversity of life on the island, much of it virtually unknown until recently. From leaping crocodiles and the bee hummingbird, to the largest colony of Caribbean flamingos in the world, each bizarre and exotic creature is a story of triumph against staggering odds.

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Extraordinary Birds
These Extraordinary Birds Dazzle and Delight!

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Extraordinary Birds for descriptions
of many environments where extraordinary birds thrive.