6 secrets about Chris Packham that you need to know

Discover something you didn’t know about the BBC Springwatch presenter. 

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1. Abstract expressionists such as Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning are his favourite painters.

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2. He enjoys reading military history – most recently the sinking of the Bismarck in World War II.

3. The bird he would most like to see is the Araripe manakin, a species only found in the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil. He calls it the Duran Duran bird, because of its bright red crest resembling a quiff.

4. His most memorable wildlife spectacle is watching “one million flamingos” flying in to land on Lake Victoria. “I could have burst, it was beyond comprehension.”

5. He always keeps a roll of bin bags in his travel bag – he can use them for wet clothes or dead specimens.

6. A favourite joke is: “I was at the zoo the other day and I saw a bloke trying to chat up a cheetah – he was trying to pull a fast one.”

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Read our full interview with Chris Packham in the May 2016 issue of BBC Wildlife