The operation took six hours and he couldn't be more pleased with the results.
"I am so happy, it's unreal," he says. "I can't stop looking in the mirror."
And getting his ears removed won't be the last step in his parrot transformation process — Ted is now looking for a surgeon to turn his nose into a beak.
"Obviously, I'm not going to look exactly like them," he concedes. "They have their eyes on the side of their head. But if I could have my eyes moved I would."
Historically, having your ears removed, or "cropped," was a criminal punishment.
The Essex Gazette out of Rhode Island reported on a man caught using counterfeit money in 1771, and he was sentenced "to have both ears cropped, to be branded on both cheeks with the Letter R (for Rogue), and to pay a fine of One Hundred Dollars and Cost of Prosecution."
The only repercussion from the surgery was no longer being able to keep his glasses in place.
To compensate, Ted had metal pins inserted on each side of his head. "I went to the supermarket the other day," he jokes, "and when I went in I said 'blimey, it's so windy out there it blew my ears off' and everybody had a chuckle."