PERFORMER Jennifer Barnhart
DEBUT 2013

Mama Bird appears in the "Elmo the Musical" segment, "Bird the Musical."

Mama Bird leaves Elmo Bird (playing the role of her son) in charge of watching her egg while she fetches some worms at the grocery store. While she's gone, the egg is sent all over the place as Elmo Bird follows it to bring it back to the nest. When she arrives back, she discovers the egg beginning to hatch. Elmo Bird then introduced to his new baby brother.

Ryan Dillon assisted in performing the character with Barnhart, who was instructed by Kevin Clash to do an imitation of Pearl Bailey.[1]

This puppet is reused, previously seen as Claribelle in Northern Ireland's Sesame Tree.


  1. Ryan Dillon on Getting Felt Up podcast (1:02:08)
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