Back in February of 2011, I encountered the gorgeous automata of Bliss Kolb. If you missed them, check out the fine craftsmanship on his crow automaton and chirping bird automaton. Shown here is another bird automaton. While I don't know all the details, I gather it is a work in progress of what will be a coin operated fortune-telling machine. Excellent! The motions of the wings, head and plume are great. He certainly has a way with mechanical birds!
You can check out a variety of different work by Bliss Kolb on his web site.
[ Thanks for the reminder Charles! ]