THE BEST Birds

Rock Chicks

Rock Chicks

In celebration of the Easter holiday, Nexus Productions and Download Festival put together this clip of some chicks rocking out and trashing the stage, as fuzzy little baby birds have been known to do.

Starlings Changing Power Lines

Starlings Changing Power Lines

RISD film and video professor Dennis Hlynsky recorded this mesmerizing footage of hundreds of starlings as they move from power line to power line. Using a high-speed camera, he was able to record the flight path of each individual bird.

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Parrot. James Parrot.

Parrot. James Parrot.

The owner of Lottie the African grey parrot has trained it to not only do an impression of James Bond’s classic introductory line, but to whistle the theme song afterwards. Also, this parrot has a license to kill.

Crowtobomb

Crowtobomb

A curious black crow decides to flaunt its stuff right in front of a webcam that was set up to capture the setup of the ice rink for the NHL Stadium Series at San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium. And no, it’s not a Baltimore Raven.

Owl Does the Breaststroke

Owl Does the Breaststroke

While the footage of this great horned owl taking a swim in Lake Michigan might appear to be a calming sight, there’s more to it than meets the eye – apparently the bird used this technique to escape from a pair of peregrine falcons.

Asus: Birds with Arms

Asus: Birds with Arms

We don’t usually care for any commercial with talking animals or babies in them, but we’ll make an exception for this quirky spot for ASUS which features hybrid man-birds, to promote their T100 hybrid laptop-tablet.

Crazy Cockatoo

Crazy Cockatoo

YouTuber MegaBirdCrazy’s 25-year-old cockatoo Pebble doesn’t like the idea of her human parents watching TV instead of her, and goes straight-up loco. And people say kids are attention hogs.

Pigeon Does Not Know What’s up

Pigeon Does Not Know What’s up

At first glance, we just thought this was a bunch of rats with wings pigeons hanging out like they’ve been known to do in urban settings. But give it a second, and you’ll realize that it’s a sham. The bird’s thought bubble: “More food for me!”

Laser Bird

Laser Bird

As David Atternborough previously taught us, the Lyrebird can make all sorts of strange noises. Here, YouTuber Wen Hao Lee stumbles across one of the vocal Australian birds doing its best impression of a science fiction ray gun.

Owls Appraise Camera

Owls Appraise Camera

YouTuber AS Goprod lucked out a couple of years ago when they placed their GoPro near an owl nest. The camera caught the attention of an adult owl and its two owlets. The big owl’s beak up expression cracked us up.

Fly Like an Eagle

Fly Like an Eagle

Unless you have the balls to wear a wingsuit, you may never get your wish to soar like an eagle. Here’s the next best thing – a video shot from the POV of a golden eagle as it flies over the Altai Mountains of Mongolia.

Birds with Hairdos

Birds with Hairdos

Dutch photographer Rene Mesman and creative house Souverein Weesp created these hilarious, yet somehow natural looking images of birds sporting various coiffures. Genetic engineers, get to work! (Thanks Metin!)

Pelican Feeding Frenzy

Pelican Feeding Frenzy

Incredible footage of one of nature’s spectacles – a huge flock of sea birds feeding on fish in the ocean. We can only imagine how awesome – and intimidating – this Hitchcockian sight must have been for those beachgoers.

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Toucan Traffic

Toucan Traffic

Let’s check in on the traffic to see how the roads look this morning… A nosy toucan decided to check out a traffic cam in São Paulo, Brazil, making what is usually as exciting as watching paint dry a bit more lively and entertaining.

Bear Rescues Crow

Bear Rescues Crow

In a surprisingly unexpected move, this captive bear sees a crow that is drowning in its lagoon. Instead of letting the bird die or eating it for lunch, the bear pulls the helpless bird to safety, then goes about its business eating an apple.

It’s Raining Fish

It’s Raining Fish

While it’s not nearly as dramatic as that scene from the Fargo TV series, it’s still a strange sight to witness a fish dropping out of the sky. Though in this case, the explanation is simple – a bird lost its lunch, literally.

The Owl Whisperer

The Owl Whisperer

(NSFW: Language) Colton Wright found himself face to face with an owl that somehow got into his house. After an initial freakout, he eventually found that a calm demeanor – and a Swiffer – was the solution to his owly dilemma.

An Hour of Birds

An Hour of Birds

By using the blue sky as a blue screen, Parker Paul composited the flight path of every bird that passed by his window during the course of an hour, then digitally cloned them to dramatic effect in this surreal short film.

A Flood of Ducks

A Flood of Ducks

Jack Saranthat was driving through central Thailand when he came across a massive flock (or is it a badelynge) of ducks crossing the road in front of him. Honestly, it’s like one of those scenes with the zombies in World War Z.

WTF Parrot

WTF Parrot

(NSFW: Language) Something amazing or horrifying must have happened to this parrot. Did he become aware that he was a parrot? Did he just realize that he can talk like a human? Or is he just a fan of The Wire?

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Pelican Learns to Fly

Pelican Learns to Fly

The staff at Tanzania’s Greystoke Mahale safari camp found an orphaned pelican who never learned how to fly. We’re not sure if humans running and flapping their arms helped or if instincts just kicked in, but hey, beak-cam!

The Egg Cam

The Egg Cam

John Downer Productions has captured incredible imagery of birds in their native habitats. In this clip a striated caracara picks up their clever egg-shaped camera, and provides us with POV aerial footage of a rockhopper penguin colony.

Dirds

Dirds

We prefer the moniker “birddogs” for these amusing hybrid animals created by carefully merging dogs and birds into a new species – courtesy of Adobe Photoshop. We definitely wouldn’t want to get hit by falling dird poop.

Bird House

Bird House

A brilliantly made commercial from a few years back for Robinsons Be Natural fruit drinks gives us a look into what happens inside the four walls of your typical birdhouse. The cuckoo clock is a nice touch.

Duck Invasion

Duck Invasion

A few days ago, a flock of about 50 ducks wandered into a CVS store in Saratoga Springs, NY. We can only imagine they stopped in to pick up some popcorn and a kiddie pool. Also: Swiffers don’t work on feathers.

Mercedes-Benz: Chickens

Mercedes-Benz: Chickens

We’re not even sure what to say about this commercial for Mercedes-Benz’ Intelligent Drive Magic Body Control ride stability system, but it’s got chickens getting their groove on to Donna Summer and that’s all you really need to know.

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