Check out this amazing "hands-free" remote-controlled puppet. A very small remote control is used to open and close the bird's mouth. Another button turns the puppet's head to face the audience or the ventriloquist. It even has a sort of "cruise control" mode in which the bird moves about in a subtle but lifelike manner, allowing the puppeteer to focus on other things or to work with multiple puppets at the same time.
Here is a link where you can learn more and see a full show featuring the Axtell Expressions hands-free bird puppet
Labels: animals, animatronic, performance, Puppets, remote control, video