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 The Life of Birds for the details
on how birds have adapted to survive and breed
in the many environments they live in.

The Life of Birds

The Life of Birds (2005) - 540 minutes
The Life of Birds at Amazon.com

Hosted by David Attenborough

Colorful, mysterious, noble and intriguing, birds have fascinated us since the dawn of history. David Attenborough, one of the world's foremost naturalists, hosts an extraordinary exploration into the secret lives of these magnificent creatures.

10 Programs:

  1. To Fly or Not to Fly - The history of birds, from the first flying reptiles to today's consummates navigators. From giant extinct flightless birds to modern ostriches and emus, see how birds have made a claim to populate not only the air but also the land.
  2. The Mastery of Fight - For all their grace and agility, birds face serious challenges in getting into the air, staying there, and landing safely. Among their many adaptations is the single weight-saving feature that only possess - feathers.
  3. The Insatiable Appetite - Birds have an amazing range of bill shapes and sizes, allowing birds to hammer grubs from tree trunks, search out the thinnest seeds, tear meat and sip nectar. And if they can't reach what they're seeking, some of the use tools to help get a meal.
  4. Meat Eaters - From the meat-eating Kea parrot of New Zealand to African eagles that prey on monkeys and flamingos, see the strategies that some birds use to find and catch their prey including tracking by ultraviolet vision.
  5. Fishing for a Living - Birds not only find food in every part of the land, but they are also expert in collecting it from water. Over time they've developed many ingenious methods - from diving to dancing, skimming to spearing - to reap the rich bounty in Earth's water.
  6. Signals and Songs - Birds communicate with one another using signs, signals, and occasionally a bit of mimicry. With sound and visual display , they warn one another of danger, defend territory and offspring, maintain social hierarchies, attract mates and even settle their conflicts peacefully.
  7. Finding Partners - The courtship rites of birds are among the most beautiful and complex in the animal kingdom. All over the world, male birds attract their mates with brilliant, often bizarre display of color, song and dance, even gifts of food and nesting materials.
  8. The Demands of the Egg - Birds go to extraordinary length to protect their eggs, to keep them warm and safe from predators. To meet these challenges, they developed the arts of pottery, carpentry, weaving, camouflage and deception.
  9. The Problem of Parenthood - Bring up a baby, for any animal, is a demanding business. Most birds are exemplary parents, tending devoted to their offspring, but some are content to leave their rearing to others or to neglect all but the chick most likely to survive.
  10. The Limits of Endurance - Birds manage to survive in the most hostile environments on Earth, from the hottest deserts to the barren, frigid polar zone, even in the newest of all habitats - human cities.

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The Life of Birds

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Life of Birds for the details
on how birds have adapted to survive and breed
in the many environments they live in.