Honkers come in a variety of colors, and baby Honkers are hatched from eggs. It is not known how closely related (if at all) the Honker species is to that of The Dingers, although there are similarities between the two.
As the Honkers never speak, their performers vary, depending on puppeteer availability. In the feature film Follow That Bird, Tim Gosley performed the Honker who served as Oscar's car horn. That specific Honker puppet has been known as Homer Honker, one of the few Honkers to have ever been named. Another Honker whose name has been mentioned is Henrietta Honker, the small pink honker.
Most of the Honker puppets were constructed with only one arm, built for the puppeteer's left hand. This arm is directly connected to the front of the body, but on the television screen, it is barely noticeable due to the amount of fur and fabric on a Honker's body, and the framing of the puppet on-screen.
Performers of the Honkers include Brian Muehl, Kathryn Mullen, and Cheryl Blaylock, all of whom did them in "The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree", and Pam Arciero and Jim Martin, who operated them in "Conga".
Despite being depicted on Sesame Street as non-vocal, in A Muppet Family Christmas, they are seen singing along with the rest of the crew during the musical numbers.
- The Sesame Street Circus of Opposites (1981)
- Bert's Big Band Paint-with-Water Book (1983 reprint)
- Big Bird Can Share (1985)
- Big Bird Says... A Game to Read and Play (1985)
- Follow That Bird Activity Book (1985)
- Follow That Bird coloring book (1985)
- Welcome Home, Big Bird (1985)
- ABC (1986)
- Baby Animals on the Farm (1986)
- Honk If You Like Honkers (1986)
- Sesame Street ABC (1986)
- Grover's Just So-So Stories (1987)
- Going Places (1988)
- Great Monsterpieces (1989)
- Splish-Splashy Day (1989)
- Who's Who on Sesame Street (1989)
- Cookie Soup and Other Good-Night Stories (1990)
- Museum of Monster Art (1990)
- 1-2-3 (1991)
- Sesame Street 123 (1991)
- We're Different, We're the Same (1992)
- Elmo's Lift-and-Peek Around the Corner Book (1996)
- Baby Play (1998)
- Where Is Elmo's Blanket? (1999)
- Clap Your Hands! (2002)
- Elmo's Favorite Places (2007)
- What Makes You Giggle? (2007)