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David Gulpilil does an amazingly life-like kookaburra call and then tells a story about the kookaburra in this excerpt from an oral history from 1978.
Mike (Greg Rowe) and his father (Peter Cummins) go to warn Fingerbone Bill (David Gulpilil) that trouble is brewing.
While his father takes a catch of fish to sell in town, Mike (Greg Rowe) discovers some illegal hunters shooting birds.
Mike (Greg Rowe) is overjoyed when Mr Percival, his pet pelican, returns after being set free.
Summary by Paul Byrnes
Performing cockatoos, the Melbourne Exhibition Building (now the Royal Exhibition Building) and Australia's first aquarium feature in this Cine Service production from 1949.
This Cine Service production from 1949 shows Australian stockman Peter Miller with his well-trained sulphur-crested cockatoos performing a remarkable series of tricks, including the cockatoo merry-
A publicity photo of Simon Townsend and his Wonder World! reporters, circa 1986.
The voice-over announces 'the male koala grunting’. We hear a series of deep-voiced grunts similar to the sounds of a large pig.
Summary by Maryanne Doyle
Billie Peach, who on the label is described as 'The Talking Budgerigar' was a budgerigar owned by Mr and Mrs Peach of Darling Point, NSW. It is claimed he had a vocabulary of 400 words.
Napoleon, 1996 - Film Australia Collection © NFSA, Australian Film Finance Corporation Pty Limited, Herald Ace Inc, Furry Feature Films Pty Limited.
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