NATURE: Birds of the Gods

NATURE: Birds of the Gods

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 8:00pm

Wilson's Bird of Paradise male displaying to females on twig above. Irian Jaya, Western New Guinea

Credit: Courtesy of Richard Kirby

David Attenborough introduces a young team of New Guinean scientists on a grueling expedition to find and film Birds of Paradise; the holy grail of wildlife filmmakers.

Living in the depths of the New Guinean rainforest are birds of unimaginable color and beauty. When Europeans first saw the plumes of these fabulous creatures in the 16th century, they believed they must be from heaven and called them birds of paradise. The people of New Guinea make even greater claims. They say the birds possess supernatural powers and magic. But to find these birds in New Guinea is one of the toughest assignments, and to witness their extraordinary mating displays is even tougher. NATURE: Birds of the Gods airs Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 8 p.m on WXXI-TV.