Clever performing Cockatoo gets up to all sorts of tricks.
Performing Cockatoo speaks, smokes a pipe and does a headstand - amongst other things.
C/U of the Reverend F.W. Turner holding an Australian Blue Mountain Cockatoo. The Reverend is not wearing a dog collar, just an ordinary light coloured suit.
The Reverend tells us lots of things about the Cockatoo - win span, age, probable life span etc. The bird has been given the inspired name of "Cockie" and responds to his name when his master speaks it. The Reverend Turner asks Cockie to show the audience how much he loves him. Cockie rubs his face backwards and forwards against his master's cheek. The Reverend tells the audience that they wouldn't be able to get a bird like this to do anything at all if they were in any way unkind to it. He doesn't believe in being cruel when training animals.
Cockie isn't very fond of being washed. The Reverend asks him "Will you be washed?" and Cockie makes a strange sound expressing the negative. Cockie is asked if he is happy and he nods his head. The Reverend shows us how Cockie would knock at a door when arriving at a house. Cockie knocks his beak against a piece of mirror.
The Reverend tells us that the most difficult thing to get Cockie to do is to put his head somewhere where he can't see things around him. Cockie puts his head in a paper bag in order to pull out a large crisp. The Reverend then give Cockie a pipe to smoke! Cockie holds the pipe in his hand and has the end in his mouth as if smoking (no tobacco in it though!). The Reverend makes Cockie do a headstand on a shiny table. He then rolls over onto his back and the Reverend does "pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake" with Cockie's feet (this is pretty funny). When they have finished their little game the Reverend tells Cockie to go to bed - Cockie climbs inside the Reverend's jacket and the Reverend smiles.
Note: as performing animal films go - this is a pretty good one!