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TED Talks for bird enthusiasts

Bird's the word on this collection of TED Talks that spotlights our fascinating feathered friends.

  1. 13:08
    Washington Wachira For the love of birds

    From the glorious crested guinea fowl to the adulterous African jacana to vultures that can pick a zebra carcass clean in 30 minutes, Washington Wachira wants us all to get to know the marvelous species of birds that share the planet with us. If you're not already a fan of earth's feathermakers — or concerned about their conservation — you will be after you watch this delightful talk.

  2. 0:00
    Lauren Pharr How vultures can help solve crimes

    Can a bird that symbolizes death help the living catch criminals? In this informative and accessible talk, forensic anthropologist Lauren Pharr shows us how vultures impact crime scenes — and the assistance they can provide to detectives investigating murders. (This talk contains graphic images.)

  3. 15:10
    Dee Boersma Pay attention to penguins

    Think of penguins as ocean sentinels, says Dee Boersma — they're on the frontlines of sea change. Sharing stories of penguin life and culture, she suggests that we start listening to what penguins are telling us.

  4. 0:00
    Kees Moeliker How a dead duck changed my life

    One afternoon, Kees Moeliker got a research opportunity few ornithologists would wish for: A flying duck slammed into his glass office building, died, and then ... what happened next would change his life. [Note: Contains graphic images and descriptions of sexual behavior in animals.]

  5. 0:00
    Munir Virani Why I love vultures

    As natural garbage collectors, vultures are vital to our ecosystem — so why all the bad press? Why are so many in danger of extinction? Raptor biologist Munir Virani says we need to pay more attention to these unique and misunderstood creatures, to change our perception and save the vultures.

  6. 0:00
    Nalini Nadkarni Conserving the canopy

    A unique ecosystem of plants, birds and monkeys thrives in the treetops of the rainforest. Nalini Nadkarni explores these canopy worlds — and shares her findings with the world below, through dance, art and bold partnerships.