PERFORMER Caroll Spinney
DEBUT 1969

Granny Bird is Big Bird's grandmother, who first appeared in Episode 0030. She is almost identical in appearance to her grandson except for her clothes, the gray feathers in her forehead, faded eyelids, and eyeglasses. In Episode 3006, it is revealed that Granny Bird is Big Bird's grandmother on his father's side.

The puppet used for Granny Bird is a spare Big Bird puppet, and Caroll Spinney provides her voice. As Granny Bird's appearances are often alongside Big Bird, her voice is usually pre-recorded so that Spinney can perform Big Bird. For an appearance in Episode 4826, the character was voiced by Jennifer Barnhart instead.

Granny Bird lives deep in the woods, at 12 Forest Road.[1] She also has a beach house.[2]

Big Bird has referenced "my grandmother" on Zhima Jie: Da Niao Kan Shijie, a Chinese co-production.


Image Episode/Year Description
Episode 0030
Granny Bird comes to visit her grandson in her first appearance on the show.
Episode 1589
Granny Bird pays a surprise visit while her grandson is out (trying to make a surprise visit to her place).
Episode 3006
Big Bird visits Granny Bird on Grandma's Day, and finds a wolf sleeping in her bed. Fearing the worst, Big Bird accuses the wolf of eating Granny Bird, but it turns out that this is Granny Wolf, Granny Bird's best friend. Big Bird had the addresses mixed up -- Granny Bird lives on 12 Forest Road, and Granny Wolf at 12 Forest Street.
Episode 3517
Big Bird is expecting Granny Bird for a visit to his nest. When Granny Bird can't get on a plane and cancels, Big Bird is crushed. Soon, his sadness turns to fury and he starts yelling to relieve his anger. While he is yelling, Granny arrives, stating that she managed to get on another plane. Bob lets Big Bird know she's here, but he refuses to come out of his nest. Granny is surprised that he is angry at her and promptly leaves. Big Bird finally calms down, but becomes angry again when he realizes that she left. Once the two Birds are united, Granny insists, in song, that even if they are apart, she will always love him.
Episode 3979, Episode 3980
When Big Bird's nest is destroyed in a hurricane, Granny Bird provides suggestions over the phone about how to rebuild the nest. This was later released on home video as Friends to the Rescue
Episode 4086
Big Bird and Alan bake birdseed cookies for Granny Bird's visit.
Episode 4149
Granny Bird appears to Big Bird in a thought egg to remind him that birds always have a song in their hearts.

Other appearances

Book appearances


Granny Bird makes a substantial appearance in the 1989 Little Golden Book I Can't Wait Until Christmas. In illustrated form, Granny Bird loses her gray feathers and consequently looks even more like Big Bird, although she does sport a pair of pince-nez eyeglasses.

See also


  1. Sesame Street, Episode 3006, 1992. Big Bird also visits Granny Bird at a house that appears to be out in the country in the 1988 storybook Nothing to Do.
  2. I Want to Go Home!, 1985.

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