The Western Lines

November 23, 2009

Planet Earth – Jungles

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,BBC,David Attenborough,Planet Earth — ralphbuttigieg @ 8:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we will join host David Attenborough for the eighth episode of the reward winning documentary series Planet Earth. In today’s instalment we will join Dr. David Attenborough on a tour of the lush jungles and tropical rain forest of our beautiful world and study the rich diversity of flora and fauna that grace these biomes. These environments occupy only three percent of our planet’s land area yet are home to over half of the world’s species.

New Guinea is inhabited by almost forty kinds of birds of paradise, which avoid conflict with each other by living in different parts of the island. Some of their elaborate courtship displays are shown. Within the dense forest canopy, sunlight is prized, and the death of a tree triggers a race by saplings to fill the vacant space. Figs are a widespread and popular food, and as many as forty four types of bird and monkey have been observed picking from a single tree. The sounds of the jungle throughout the day are explored, from the early morning calls of siamangs and orangutans to the nocturnal cacophony of courting tree frogs. The importance of fungi to the rainforest is illustrated by a sequence of them fruiting, including a parasite called cordyceps. The mutual benefits of the relationship between carnivorous pitcher plants and red crab spiders is also discussed. In the Congo, roaming forest elephants are shown reaching a clearing to feed on essential clay minerals within the mud. Finally, chimpanzees are one of the few jungle animals able to traverse both the forest floor and the canopy in search of food. In Uganda, members of a 150-strong community of the primates mount a raid into neighbouring territory in order to gain control of it. Planet Earth Diaries looks at filming displaying birds of paradise, focusing mainly on the filming of the six-plumed bird of paradise.

Planet Earth – Jungles

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-2934374342545375813&hl=en&fs=true

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