Granny Bird is Big Bird's paternal 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 usually a spare Big Bird puppet. During Caroll Spinney's tenure as Big Bird, Spinney also performed Granny Bird. The two would not appear onscreen together until the early 1990s. In instances where they have shared scenes, Spinney often pre-recorded Granny Bird's dialogue, which would be synced by another puppeteer while Spinney performed Big Bird. Matt Vogel voiced her in a short appearance in the Sesame Beginnings video, Beginning Together. Since Episode 4826 in 2018, Jennifer Barnhart has taken over the character.
Granny Bird's residence has changed over the years, beginning with a place downtown from Sesame Street mentioned in Episode 0078. She also lives on a farm mentioned in Episode 0400, deep in the woods at 12 Forest Road in Episode 3006, a house that appears to be out in the country in the 1988 storybook Nothing to Do, and a beach house in I Want to Go Home!
|Granny Bird comes to visit her grandson in her first appearance on the show.|
|Granny Bird pays a surprise visit while her grandson is out (trying to make a surprise visit to her place).|
|Granny Bird visits and bonds with David's grandmother Grace.|
|As they watch David and Akim rollerskate, Granny Bird encourages Grandma Grace — who hasn't skated since she was Akim's age — to give it a try. Granny Bird skates circles around them, but eventually takes a fall; "If you're young enough to skate, ya gotta be young enough to fall down!"|
|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.|
|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 & 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.|
|Big Bird receives a package of birdseed cookies from Granny Bird and imagines telling her he loves her; his thought bubble responds back.|
|Big Bird and Alan bake birdseed cookies for Granny Bird's visit.|
|Granny Bird appears to Big Bird in a thought egg to remind him that birds always have a song in their hearts.|
|Granny Bird appears in the opening and closing scenes with Big Bird. She's knitted his grandson a sweater that shrunk in the wash, making it the perfect size for Radar.|
|Granny Bird is among those to bid farewell to Big Bird as he leaves for a road trip.|
|Granny Bird flies to Sesame Street to surprise Big Bird on Family Day.|
- Sesame Beginnings: Granny Bird makes a brief appearance in Beginning Together, kissing her grandson goodbye as she leaves her in Nani Bird's care.
- Here for Each Other - Big Changes: Granny Bird comforts Big Bird as he is forced to relocate from his nest during a storm.
- Sesame Street in Communities: Granny Bird reminisces with Big Bird as they look through a family photo album and sing songs.
- The ABCs of COVID Vaccines: Granny Bird has questions about the COVID vaccine for the experts on the panel.
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.
- Big Bird's Blunder Book (1972)
- The Sesame Street Dictionary (1980)
- What Did You Bring? (1980)
- Big and Little Stories (1982)
- The Sesame Street Word Book (1983)
- I Can Count to Ten and Back Again (1985)
- I Want to Go Home! (1985)
- Big Bird Goes to the Doctor (1986)
- A Bird's Best Friend (1986)
- Through the Year (1986)
- A Rainy Day on Sesame Street (1987)
- Big Bird's Square Meal (1988)
- Nothing to Do (1988)
- Big Bird Flies Alone (1989)
- Get Well, Granny Bird (1989)
- Great Monsterpieces (1989)
- I Can't Wait Until Christmas (1989)
- Big Bird Visits Granny Bird (1991)
- I Want to Be a Doctor (1991)
- Quiet Time (1991)
- Best Friends (1992)
- Christmas Is Coming (1992)
- My Name Is Big Bird (1992)
- Friends & Family Lace-Ups (1992)
- From Trash to Treasure (1993)
- Which Witch is Which? (1996)
- Big Bird's Baby Book (1998)
- Watch Out for Banana Peels (2000)
- Fly Away with Big Bird (2006)
- What Makes You Giggle? (2007)