You might remember these from your childhood, or this might be your first ever encounter with a Drinking Bird. Whether it's nostalgia or new wonder, these birds are a fantastic blend of practical science demonstration and mesmerising action.
Dip his beak in water, and he'll be drinking all day. His dedication to drinking duty will put the most conscientious barfly to shame.
It's amazing the amount of time you can spend just watching him. Regular cries of 'I think he's stopping... no he's not, there he goes' resound around the office. He's the ultimate low maintenance office pet.
This one experiment manages to demonstrate a whole range of physical laws, including the combined gas law, the ideal gas law, the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, the heat of vaporisation, torque, centre of mass, capillary action, and probably a few others.
Well, kind of - it will go on indefinitely, but it does rely on an energy input, in the form of heat from the surrounding environment.
The combination of glass and volatile liquid means that the Drinking Bird is not a toy. Kids should wonder at it from a distance.
This item is NOT A TOY. This is a science demonstration item for adults only.
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