The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was released on 28 March 1963, with its premiere at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

While based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier, Hitchcock and screenwriter Evan Hunter also incorporated real-life events of 18 August 1961, when hundreds of birds inexplicably flew into houses and buildings in Capitola, CA.

Ub Iwerks (who had created Mickey Mouse) was nominated for an Academy Award for his special effects.


Tippi Hedren and her pet lion Niel in the early 70’s. Most famous for Hitchcock’s “The Birds”, she is today an animal rights activits, and still keeps lions. Her Shambala Preserve (animal sanctuary) cares for endangered exotic big cats such as African lions, Siberian tigers and Bengal tigers, leopards, servals, mountain lions, bobcats, plus a lynx, a Florida panther, and a liger.