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Oliver Gets the Bird

Christopher Awdry



Oliver Gets the Bird is a 1993 annual story.


While waiting at the Small Railway, Oliver noticed a cage hanging outside the stationmaster's house. Inside there was a parrot named Cocky. That night at the sheds, while Oliver talks to Duck about the parrot, Duck scoffs and does not believe that the parrot can talk.

A few days later, Oliver is waiting for the last train on the Small Railway and is soon ready to depart with his passengers on board the coaches. Then he heard the guard's whistle and thought that the guard had climbed into his van already. The train sets off and arrives at the big station. The guard was stern with Oliver for setting off too quickly. Soon they have all found out that it was Cocky, who must have learned how to imitate the guard's whistle.

After the confusion had been sorted, Oliver and Duck made up their quarrel.



  • This story is a rewrite of the 1985 annual story of the same name.
  • The story uses pictures from the third season episode, Escape.