Introduction: Analyzing the Drinking Bird

When was the last time you saw one of these? This classic childrens toy seems very simple but the chemistry involved is very interesting. Do you know how it works?

Music by Kevin MacLeod


Matrix-technician made it! (author)2011-03-01

Does anyone know of an "ible to make one of these things? I always wanted one as a kid.

sjones124 made it! (author)sjones1242016-10-16

Did you ever find the answer you were looking for?

Dr Qui made it! (author)Dr Qui2011-03-03

It should be possible to do, I have also thought about trying to make one of these.

I managed to find one of these in the late 90's and bought it as soon as i saw it as we had one in our front window for years back in the 70's.

I brought the new one home set it up on the table and told my brothers kid not to touch it, I walked out of the room and literally 5 seconds later herd the tinkle of broken glass.  Its seems she didn't touch it she just looked at it really hard.

Matrix-technician made it! (author)Matrix-technician2011-03-05

Yea, that tends to happen...... I too had the same destructive phsycokenesis powers as a child as well. I seemed to destroy everything i looked at. >:)

mr.jonhson made it! (author)2009-03-19

When you said chemistry, you clearly meant PHYSICS. There are no chemical reactions involved, just physical interactions.

Zealous made it! (author)Zealous2009-05-30

Well it's vaporising and condensing so technically it is chemistry.

Oompa-Loompa made it! (author)Oompa-Loompa2010-02-08
chemical reaction

(chemistry) a process in which one or more substances are changed into others

No substance changing here, only state of matter.  Physics, not chemistry.
cazlab made it! (author)2009-04-03

This isn't really an instructable. It's just a video from somewhere else, and it features no instructions of any sort.

quangpod made it! (author)2008-08-05

I always wanted one of those.

wolf555hound made it! (author)wolf555hound2008-12-06

me too, me too...

rocksalt2342 made it! (author)2008-07-06

I thought this was about a drunk bird for a second.

garden burger made it! (author)2008-07-03

when it dips its head down low it looks like it dies

The Expert Noob made it! (author)2008-01-31

This must be the toy i was thinking of earlier.

Rob K made it! (author)2008-01-24

Those things are always cool.