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Hitchcock's 'The Birds' Shows Real-World Bird Behavior04:28

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Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 horror masterpiece "The Birds" shows birds attacking humans en masse, in retaliation for their environmental crimes.

Hopefully these birds aren't angry. (eren | thisvintagechica/Flickr)
Hopefully these birds aren't angry. (eren | thisvintagechica/Flickr)

That doesn't sound very scientific, but when "The Birds" screens Monday night in Brookline as part of the Coolidge Corner Theatre's "Science on Screen" series, Dr. Theodore Stankowich will argue there is at least a glimmer of reality there.

Stankowich joins us to preview his pre-show lecture on "mobbing" behavior in birds and other animals.


  • Dr. Theodore Stankowich, adjunct research assistant professor, UMass Amherst; visiting post-doctoral and teaching fellow, Harvard University

This segment aired on April 25, 2011.

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