Beak and Brain

The new prodigies in the world of animals sport feathers and beaks.

And they are highly talented. The documentary investigates two of

the most clever creatures in animal kingdom.

Director: Volker Arzt

Volker Arzt has been working on TV for decades. His background is a degree in theoretical physics, but his passion is moving pictures. He made about 200 documentaries about scientific, medical or ecological topics for children and adults. The project ‘smart birds’ fits right in in with his favourite subject: cognitive abilities of living creatures – reasons for differences, evolutionary development and the part they play in daily life. Ravens and parrots for example are particularly intelligent and smart and seem to have an understanding for techniques and every-day physics. Only legend or scientific knowledge? What may be the outcome of a competition between the smartest representatives of crows and parrots? We can look forward to finding out!

44 Min.
Director: Volker Arzt
Script: Volker Arzt
Cinematography: Brian McClatchy/ Waldemar Hauschild/ Markus von Kleist
Editing: Christian Scholz
Music: Jörg Magnus Pfeil
Narrator: Hans-Peter Bögel
Editor: Gabriele Conze/ WDR
Awards: Best Story 2014
Nominations: Best Story 2014
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