Macky's wayward, feathered friend, Pontius is an African Grey Parrot with a giant appetite for food - "Starvin' here!" is one of his usual phrases.

When Macky needs him, Pontius can usually be relied on to turn up and help. But most of the time the parrot comes and goes as he pleases; now you see him, now you don't. Pontius is not popular with Roman soldiers and often succeeds in annoying Macky's parents too, when his unusual words and expressions and brilliant impersonations are the source of laughter and chaos.