Life in Color with David Attenborough

Exploring the many ways animals use colour throughout their lives.


June 19, 2023

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For us humans, color is a source of aesthetic beauty and expression. But for animals, it is an essential tool used for survival. Without color, many animals would be unable to find food, avoid predators, or communicate with each other.

Attenborough uses technological advancements in camera equipment to reveal the world as seen by animals. He shows us how different species use color to attract mates, fight off rivals, and warn enemies.

For example, the peacock's brightly colored feathers are used to attract females. The male bowerbird also uses color to attract mates, but in a different way. He builds a bower, or nest, and decorates it with brightly colored objects, such as flowers and feathers. The female bowerbird chooses the male with the most colorful bower.

Some animals use color to camouflage themselves. For example, the chameleon can change its color to match its surroundings. This helps it to hide from predators.

Other animals use color to warn enemies. For example, the poison dart frog has bright colors to warn predators that it is poisonous.

Attenborough's documentary is a fascinating exploration of the world of colour. It shows us how essential colour is for survival in the wild.

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