Scarface was one of the six parrots that were trained by John Silver to speak the clues that leaded to the hidden painting that was smuggled by Silver, and was owned by an unknown customer. Its line in the clue was, "I never give a sucker an even break. And that's a lead-pipe cinch." The first half of the clue was meant to distract the person, while the second part of the clue meant that the painting was in the lead-pipe cinch.
After John Silver had fled to California after smuggling the painting of the shepherdess, he started living in Ramos Sanchez's house. After getting an idea from the picture that was painted above the shepherdess' painting, Silver bought seven parrots with "pretty yellow heads" and seven cages. He then began teaching them their individual riddles.
After Silver had died, Sanchez waited for the "fat man" who Silver said would come. However, the man didn't come, and all the parrots, including Scarface, were sold to different people.
Skinny Norris bought Scarface to hinder The Three Investigators in their investigation. Norris had already bought Scarface, just as Bob and Pete arrived to buy him. When he allied with Huganay, Norris gave Scarface, and revealed its speech, to him.
- His speech was Part 7, the last part, of the riddle.