A green-winged macaw named Poncho, who starred alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest A-listers, is still enjoying the best parrot treats available at the ripe old age of 90.
Poncho has featured in blockbusters including ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’ with Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy’s ‘Dr Doolittle’ during her illustrious movie career.
However, the retired parrot is living a much more sedate pace of life now, according to the Daily Express. The OAP bird retired in 2000 after sharing the limelight with Glenn Close in ‘102 Dalmatians’, as she became too frail to travel long distances.
Owner Sophie Williams threw Poncho a birthday bash that included a bird-shaped cake containing all her favourite parrot foods.
“Poncho is a real old bird now. But having said that, she’s in great health for being 90; she’s as lively as when she arrived here,” said Emma Small, Sophie’s partner.
She added that while Poncho is retired from showbiz, she is still a diva on occasion. The bird hasn’t flown anywhere in more than a decade, with Ms Small claiming her lack of mobility is down to laziness from being carried everywhere.
The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators states green-winged macaws often live 60 years and longer, although Poncho’s longevity remains impressive.
While Ms Small admitted the 90-year-old has a “few bald spots”, the parrot apparently still “keeps everyone on their toes”.
Ms Williams’ mother, Rebecca Taylor, took in the parrot after previous owner Gary Gero gave her up. Mr Gero provided animals for Universal and Warner Brothers movie sets.