This article is about the character from Pirates of the Caribbean. For the character of the same name from Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, see Juan the Barker Bird.

The Barker Bird is a character from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

Background

Character Biography

The Barker Bird was an intelligent green parrot capable of speech. It appeared to have an affiliation with piracy, spending time in the ruins of the Castillo del Morro fortress of the Caribbean Plaza on Isla Tesoro, following the fort's raid at the hands of The Wicked Wench. It could often be heard quoting crew-mates of the Wench and singing a parody of, "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Parrot's Life for Me" called, "Yo Ho, A Parrot's Life For Me".

Physical Description

This bird was a green macaw which at some point in its right-leg and quite possibly its left eyeball. It would also have part of its chest removed of its feathers and have a nautical tattoo of an anchor put on it. The bird wore an eyepatch and peg-leg for its disabilities and also could be seen sporting a red bandana and a high cocked hat with a Jolly Roger embroidered upon it.

Development History

The Barker Bird was created for Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in the vain of Juan the Barker Bird, a character made for the Enchanted Tiki Room to attract guests' attention like the barkers of carnivals. Aiming to do the same with Pirates of the Caribbean, the Barker Bird was created by imagineers Marc Davis and X. Atencio. The bird would also be voiced by fellow imagineer Gary Goddard.

In 2006, the Barker Bird was removed from Pirates of the Caribbean during the refurbishment which incorporated in elements from the popular films of the same name. Following this it would be moved to Disney Springs in Downtown Disney however it would be left in worse repair with its materials fading from poor maintenance.

Appearances

Pirates of the Caribbean

The Barker Bird used to appear outside of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction on a perch visible to passers by in Adventureland. It would move around, sing and quote the ride, garnering attention for the attraction in the bustling park. It would also invite guests to enter the attraction, telling them, "Heave to, maties!  There be longboats waiting down by Pirate's Cove!  Waitin' to take you to the Spanish Main! Right this way!  Through the arches and down past the dungeon, in the old fortress".

World of Disney (Downtown Disney)

Perched on a treasure-chest alongside a lantern and part of a ship's mast. It appeared in a Pirates of the Caribbean themed area of the shop.

Trivia

  • Despite being long since removed from the attraction, the Barker Bird is still prolifically featured in Pirates of the Caribbean themed merchandise and paraphernalia.
  • Merchandise and artwork often has the Barker Bird sitting atop a treasure-chest. This is taken from a separate ride which appeared in the original Disneyland version of the ride which was found perched on a chest in the sand-bar scene within the queue of the ride.
    • This parrot lacked the Barker Bird's peg-leg, tattoo and eyepatch and also had much more yellow plumage. It was also found in the, "Modern day" portion of the ride meaning that it could not be the Barker Bird before its body augmentations.
  • The bird resembles the parrot belonging to the Dirty Feet pirate in the ride. The two likely shared a basic animatronic with one another.
    • Some have put forth the theory that they are the same bird with Dirty Feet's parrot being the Barker Bird before they lost their leg and eyeball.
  • While being removed in the refurbishment that added Jack Sparrow, Jack would be given his own parrot accomplice in the ride. This new parrot would be a blue-and-yellow macaw rather than a green one.
  • In the TV show House of Mouse, a similar parrot-themed parody of Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me to that of the Barker Bird was sung by Iago.

Gallery

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Media
Films: The Curse of the Black PearlDead Man's ChestAt World's EndOn Stranger TidesDead Men Tell No Tales

Short film: Tales of the Code: Wedlocked
Books: Jack Sparrow prequel novelsPirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren CourtPirates of the Caribbean: The Price of FreedomPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual GuidePirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Ultimate Sticker Book)
Video games: Pirates of the CaribbeanThe Legend of Jack SparrowPirates of the Caribbean OnlineDisney UniverseKingdom Hearts IIPirates of the Caribbean Multiplayer MobileLEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video GamePirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndPirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the DamnedPirates of the Caribbean (pinball)Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestPirates of the Caribbean: Master of the SeasDisney InfinityDisney Heroes: Battle ModeKingdom Hearts IIIDisney Sorcerer's Arena

Disney Parks
Treasure CovePiratelandPirate TakeoverA Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven SeasEl Teatro FandangoJungle River Cruise: Pirate Takeover!Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer IslandPirates of the CaribbeanPirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken TreasureShipwreck ShoreSiren's RevengeThe Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow

Entertainment: Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate TutorialEye of the Storm: Captain Jack's Stunt SpectacularFantasmic!Pirates Summer Battle "Get Wet!"
Restaurants: Blue Bayou RestaurantPintel & Ragetti's Grub to GrabThe Snackin’ KrakenTortuga TavernTortuga Treats
Shops: Doubloon MarketJolly GypsyPirates LeaguePirate Treasure
Fireworks: Celebrate the MagicDisney Movie MagicFantasy in the SkyHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightMagic, Music and MayhemThe Magic, the Memories and YouRemember... Dreams Come TrueWorld of Color
Halloween: Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadePirates of the Caribbean Ghost TrailThe Nightmare Experiment

Characters
The Curse of the Black Pearl: Jack SparrowHector BarbossaJoshamee GibbsWill TurnerElizabeth SwannJames NorringtonGovernor Weatherby SwannPintel and RagettiJack the MonkeyCottonMartyMurtogg and MullroyTheodore GrovesAnamariaCotton's ParrotGilletteGiselleScarlettBo'sunJacobyKoehlerTwiggWeatherby
Dead Man's Chest: Davy JonesCutler BeckettIan MercerTia DalmaKrakenBootstrap Bill TurnerMaccusClankerPenrodAnglerRatlinKolenikoHadrasPalificoOgilveyCrashWyvernGreenbeardJimmy LegsLeechPelegostos Tribe
At World's End: Sao FengTai HuangEduardo VillanuevaSri Sumbhajee AngriaCapitaine ChevalleAmmand the CorsairMistress ChingCaptain TeagueMoreyGreitzer
On Stranger Tides: AngelicaBlackbeardPhilip SwiftSyrenaGarhengSalamanScrumMarinaMermaids of Whitecap BayTamaraSpaniardKing FerdinandKing George IIRedcoats
Dead Men Tell No Tales: Captain SalazarLesaroHenry TurnerCarina SmythUncle JackScarfieldShansa
Tales of the Code: MungardMarquis d'Avis
Attraction: ReddAuctioneerTalking SkullPrison DogHook Hand PirateSkeleton HelmsmanBarker BirdBeacon JoeThe Pooped PirateOld BillCarlosFortune RedCaptain GoreTom SawyerSkeleton PillagerSkeleton Pirate CaptainPirate Robber
Video Games: Black BartyJolly Roger

Books: MontezumaJames the Mysterious

Organizations
Crew of the Black PearlCursed CrewCrew of the Flying DutchmanEast India Trading CompanyBrethren CourtSpaniard's crewBlackbeard's Zombie OfficersCrew of the Silent MaryCrew of the Wicked Wench
Locations
Isla TesoroDead Man's CovePort Royal, JamaicaFort CharlesTortugaIsla de MuertaPelegostosIsla CrucesSingaporeDavy Jones' LockerShipwreck CoveLondon, EnglandSpainWhitecap BayFountain of Youth
Ships/Boats
Wicked WenchBlack PearlFlying DutchmanQueen Anne's RevengeHMS InterceptorHMS DauntlessHMS EndeavorJolly MonBarnacleDying GullSilent MaryThe Sailing Ship Columbia
Objects
Jack Sparrow's hatJack Sparrow's swordJack Sparrow's compassCursed TreasureTreasure of CortésElizabeth Swann's gold medallionRagetti's wooden eyeJar of DirtDavy Jones' pipe organKey to the Dead Man's ChestDead Man's ChestMao Kun MapPirata CodexJack Sparrow's Pirate BeadsSword of TritonJack Sparrow Voodoo DollChalices of CartagenaDark MagicVoodoo
Music
"Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" • Theme park soundtrackSoundtrack Treasures CollectionSwashbuckling Sea Songs1966 soundtrackThe Medallion CallsHe's a PiratePirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (soundtrack)Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (soundtrack)Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (soundtrack)Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (soundtrack)Pirates RemixedHoist the ColoursMy Jolly Sailor Bold
See Also
Pirates of the Caribbean Trading Card GameLiar's Dice
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