Picks and Pans Review: Strictly for the Birds

updated 06/18/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/18/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Wed., June 13, 8 P.M. ET)

B+

The latest Survival special focuses on some of the 8,600 species of our fine feathered friends. Despite a sometimes loony narration by George Plimpton ("Hello," he greets us in full Indian headdress, "or rather, 'How'... I'm Big Chief George"), it's an informative and meticulously assembled study, smartly paced and visually stimulating. Above and beyond these creatures' diversity and beauty, their capacity for flight makes them born film stars.

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