Must-Stream Movies: 3 for the Birds

We hope you're ready to shake your tail feather because we're showing you what to watch for National Bird Day!

By Jesse Conner

Anna Paquin in "Fly Away Home."

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We've finally made it to 2021, congrats everyone!

As we soar into this new year, we're celebrating some creatures of the sky who are taking flight as well...birds!

Today is National Bird Day and we can't stop raven' about the movies we've picked out for your viewing pleasure.

We're fairly certain that at least one of these movies will make you want to get up and do the chicken dance so take a look below to see what we've got in store.

  • Rio

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    When we see birds in the world usually, they're high above us, using the sky as their playground. In this case, the bird we're interested in is one of the last living members of his species and you won't find him in the sky...because he never learned how to fly. If there was ever an underbird to root for, this male macaw named Blu is it.

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    Animated / 2011 / G

    Captured by smugglers when he was just a hatchling, a macaw named Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) never learned to fly and lives a happily domesticated life in Minnesota with his human friend, Linda. Blu is thought to be the last of his kind, but when word comes that Jewel (Anne Hathaway), a lone female, lives in Rio de Janeiro, Blu and Linda go to meet her. Animal smugglers kidnap Blu and Jewel, but the pair soon escape and begin a perilous adventure back to freedom -- and Linda.

  • Fly Away Home

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    This is hands-down the coolest and most inspiring movie about raising geese you'll be able to find. Inspired by true events, the film follows a father and daughter who raise a group of goslings (young geese) and eventually try to teach the hatchlings how to fly, and what direction they should be flying. Since the birds don't know North from South or East from West, it will take a lot of practice to get them up and ascending for the winter.

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    Fly Away Home

    Children / 1996 / PG

    After Amy (Anna Paquin) loses her mother in a car accident, she must uproot her life and move to Canada to live with her father, Thomas, (Jeff Daniels), an oddball inventor with whom she has no relationship. She initially struggles to find her her place in her new home, but things change when she stumbles upon a collection of abandoned goose eggs. When the eggs hatch, Amy and her dad work together teaching the motherless birds to fly south for the winter, and their relationship blooms.

  • A Birder's Guide to Everything

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    Our final pick goes out to all the birdwatchers reading this list. The joy that bird enthusiasts feel when they see a truly rare and beautiful bird is something that can't be explained but only understood through experience. And the feeling they get when they see a bird that is supposedly's something else entirely. This film takes that idea and makes a full-blown scavenger hunt out of it, so buckle up.

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    A Birder's Guide to Everything

    Comedy Drama / 2013 / PG-13

    On the eve of his father's remarriage, a teenage birding enthusiast (Kodi Smit-McPhee) leads his friends on a road trip to find an extremely rare duck.

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