While filming a documentary about Birds of Paradise, the great Sir David Attenborough attempted to speak about the unique features of these gorgeous feathered creatures, but a humorously insolent and vocal specimen refused to the let the host get a word in edgewise. Despite the interruptions, however, Attenborough has remained a huge fan of the species.
Birds of paradise are one of David Attenborough’s lifelong passions. He was the first to film many of their beautiful and often bizarre displays, and over his lifetime he has tracked them all over the jungles of New Guinea. In this very personal film, he uncovers the remarkable story of how these ‘birds from paradise’ have captivated explorers, naturalists, artists, film-makers and even royalty. He explores the myths surrounding their discovery 500 years ago, the latest extraordinary behaviour captured on camera and reveals the scientific truth behind their beauty: the evolution of their spectacular appearance has in fact been driven by sex.