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What does anyone know about those bobbing birds from the '60s
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Dan    Posted 11-21-2002 at 15:18:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
And how did those things really work. I seem to recall that you needed a glass of water for the bird to dip his beak. Any thoughts

JoeK    Posted 11-21-2002 at 16:26:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
They worked thermally with the "secret fluid" inside expanded and contracted.As the liquid became expanded,into the birds head,the head became heavy enough to pivot forward,then the effect of the watter caused the fluid to contract,making the butt heavier,tilting him upright.These birds are still avaiable in novelty shops,science stores,mailorder.American Science and Surplus has em for about $5,along with all kinds of other doodads,widgets,whichemacallits and thingamajigs,both fun and serious.

Hogman********Me thinks    Posted 11-22-2002 at 02:02:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
tha secret magic fluid of animative motivation was plain ole "quick silver".

Better known as Mercury.........

Dan    Posted 11-21-2002 at 18:40:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Joek,it came to mind about that bird that I first saw as a kid of 6 or 7 yrs. old. First time in the big city at my sister's place,I recall my Father was probably jusy as fasinated as I was.

cowgirlj    Posted 11-21-2002 at 18:04:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Geez, you just revealed one of life's greatest mysteries of childhood. I always thought those birds were just really, really thirsty.

DeadCarp    Posted 11-21-2002 at 21:00:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't remember what kinda animals they were, but one time i was sitting at a zoo and was surprised to see all these things (like gazelles only skinny long necks) standing behind some bushes looking at me. They were alert, their ears were out and almost motionless except for their cud! They'd swallow a chew, just stand there at attention and pretty soon another cud would make a traveling bulge up their neck, pop into their mouth and they'd start chewing again. It was the funniest thing! Almost as entertaining as the meercats and their little "Lambchops-type" swiveling heads. I have no idea why your comment about thirst made me think of that :)

Ana    Posted 11-21-2002 at 17:44:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ha, I finally learned how it worked! Thanks.

Donna from Mo    Posted 11-21-2002 at 15:33:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just now went to Ebay, typed "Bobbing bird" in the search tool, and lo and behold.... the very bird you are talking about! Check it out for yourself.

Dee    Posted 12-27-2003 at 22:38:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know exactley what your asking about. The drinking birds they have now are plastic. I am trying hard to find the drinking birds we had. They were very ornate with lots of flowers around the glass dish if you will. There were two birds alternating dipping. one would tilt and then the other would tilt. I would love to know the name of the manufacturer. Not the plastic ones that are on ebay by the 1000's but the high end ones. If you hear please email me.

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