The Bird is the Word! Big Bird's Favorite Songs (CD)
Music by Alfred Frazier, John Earl Harris, Carl L. White, Turner Wilson Jr.
Date 1963
Publisher Atlantic Music Corp., Beachwood Music Corp.

"Surfin' Bird" is a song recorded in 1963 by the Trashmen. Actually a medley of two established songs ("Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" and "The Bird's the Word"), the single placed 4th on the Bilboard Hot 100 and was prominently featured in the film Full Metal Jacket.

The Sesame Street album The Bird is the Word features Big Bird performing a shortened version.



  • On March 19, 2018, @BigBird tweeted: "Bird, bird, bird, b-b-b-bird is the word!"
  • In a web exclusive video for The Hollywood Reporter, when the Sesame Street Muppets are asked what is Big Bird's favorite dance, Big Bird replies that he likes to do 'the bird.' He proceeds to bob his head back and forth singing to "Surfin' Bird."