THE BEST Birds

Disco Does Python

Disco Does Python

Disco, the chatty green parakeet does his best to mimic the Monty Python line, “Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition,” but appears to be afflicted with some kind of parakeet ADD which sends him off on a few tangents on the way.

Cranes vs. Gator

Cranes vs. Gator

You’d think that these skinny little birds would have no chance against deadly gaze (and jaws) of this alligator, but it turns out theses sandhill cranes have no problem telling this gator to stay off their turf.

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Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

A bird with aviophobia does everything he can to avoid the trip South for the winter. A brilliant short film created by Conor Finnegan using live-action puppetry – and not one bit of stop motion. (Thanks Kenny!)

Bike V. Bird

Bike V. Bird

It’s a bird, it’s a bike, it’s… Gee Atherton, getting chased by a peregrine falcon while racing down a mountain doing what he does best. Who is the victor? Take a wild guess. Birds-eye view here. (Thanks Chris!)

Ducks vs. Indy Cars

Ducks vs. Indy Cars

Dear ducks… if you must cross the road, we suggest doing it on a quiet country byway, and not in the middle of an active IndyCar practice round. Thanks mostly to the skill of the drivers, momma and babies came out unscathed.

Pop Culture Parakeet

Pop Culture Parakeet

Disco the parakeet makes more pop culture references than a Seth MacFarlane movie produced by Quentin Tarantino. Though he might mix up some of his catchphrases from time to time. More here.

Penguin Blooper Reel

Penguin Blooper Reel

Wildlife photographer John Downer was kind enough to share this cute and hilarious footage from the BBC/Discover program Penguins – Spy in the Huddle. The snowball cam is pretty classic too.

Pigeon Light

Pigeon Light

Ed Carpenter’s Pigeon Light is a whimsical take on your favorite urban bird – “the rat with wings” as we call it. At least this one won’t crap on your head. Available in various natural and unnatural colors.

Mac and Moe Play the Casio

Mac and Moe Play the Casio

While we’re not sure that this duo of pied crows are playing anything more than random notes on this synthesizer, it really doesn’t sound all that different from Yanni to our untrained ears.

Neighbirds

Neighbirds

Neighbirds are modular birdhouses designed by Andreu Carulla Studio. They are easy to install and can be hung not just on trees but on a wall or ceiling as well. Contact Utoopic to order.

Eagle vs. Baby

Eagle vs. Baby

(NSFW: Language) A family was enjoying a day out in Montreal when what appears to be a golden eagle swooped down and tried to snatch their baby. Update: it’s fake, it’s a 3D animation project.

Bird Photo Booth

Bird Photo Booth

This clever device disguises your iPhone, iPod Touch or GoPro as a bird feeder, allowing you to grab amazing HD video and stills through its macro lens as your feathered friends snack on seed.

Bird’s-Eye View

Bird’s-Eye View

For the Discovery show Winged Planet, filmmaker John Downer mounted tiny cameras onto birds to capture their flights from a unique perspective. Other angles shot with equally special camera rigs.

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Bird-Apartment

Bird-Apartment

Designed by Nendo for the Momofuku Ando Center in Nagano, it has 78 birdhouses on one side and a tree house on the other. People can look at the birds in the nests from inside the tree house.

Seagull vs. GoPro 2

Seagull vs. GoPro 2

We’re not sure what it is with animals and their desire to take cameras – and we’re not even sure if this clip is a fake – but we still find the idea of a seagull as a videographer to be amusing.

Unblinking Owl

Unblinking Owl

These baby owls want to having a staring contest with you, but one of these little guys can stare you down without blinking while all the others eventually succumb to dry eye.

AC/DC Cockatoo

AC/DC Cockatoo

Rock out with your cockatoo out! That’s exactly what this guy does as his fine feathered friend Tonto dances and sings along to some of his favorite AC/DC tunes.

R2-D2 Budgie

R2-D2 Budgie

Not only do the blue and white markings on this budgie make this bird look sort of like R2-D2, but it has an uncanny ability to sound just like everyone’s favorite little maintenance droid.

Acorn Storage

Acorn Storage

We always thought squirrels were the ones who like to store acorns, but check out this cache of over 300 pounds of nuts stashed away in a microwave antenna by an industrious woodpecker.

Penguins vs. Iceberg

Penguins vs. Iceberg

A flock of gentoo penguins does their best to make the vertical leap from the water onto the tricky surface of a huge iceberg in Antarctica – we had no idea they could spring out of the water like that.

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Paper Airplane vs. Birds

Paper Airplane vs. Birds

A guy drops a paper airplane from the 18th floor of a building, and as it makes its lengthy descent, something unexpected happens. We can only assume the birds of prey thought it was lunch.

This Penguin is a Jerk

This Penguin is a Jerk

We used to think that penguins were the cutest creatures. Then we were reminded they have a dark side too, as is demonstrated by the little bugger on the left and his evil ways.

Lions > Heron

Lions > Heron

Bird lovers look away. There’s a reason they keep the bird pavilion separate from the lion habitat at the zoo, as is evidenced by this footage of a heron who ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Bird Feeds Dog Noodles

Bird Feeds Dog Noodles

We’re not sure why this bird is feeding noodles to this dog, but maybe it thinks it’s giving worms to its younglings. Either way, somebody needs to train its owner to turn their cellphone sideways.

Kung Fu Rooster vs. Black Cat

Kung Fu Rooster vs. Black Cat

Despite their size, cats are usually seen getting the upper hand. But put kitty up against this fluffy rooster, and the tables are suddenly turned. Also, proof positive that a good soundtrack is everything.

Owl Hunting Practice

Owl Hunting Practice

Never mind dogs who are music lovers or cats pouncing on each other WWE style; owls need love (and video face time) too. This little guy decides to get in some hunting practice. (Thanks zero!)

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