World Teen - Main Article
 
Signup Teachers & Parents
San Francisco's Wild Parrots
News Bytes 08/8/2018 3 Comments

Parrots are flying wild in San Francisco. The famous birds immortalized in the book and movie The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill are now roosting in several neighborhoods throughout the city—ones beyond their original home on the city's iconic Telegraph Hill.

Mark Bittner wrote about a flock of a few dozen squawking birds in his 2004 book. The parrots have flourished and have turned into a population of more than 300, according to the bird rescue group Mickaboo. They can be seen flying in formation in small flocks throughout the city and have been sighted as far south as Brisbane, about 15 miles south of the city.

It's unclear exactly when the birds first appeared in San Francisco and how they landed in the wilds of city. The birds originate in South America and were likely brought to the city to be sold as pets and were either purposely released or escaped.

Bittner writes about seeing the brightly colored birds in the early 1990s. He was a homeless musician squatting in an unoccupied apartment on Telegraph Hill and chronicled his years tending to a flock that lived in a tree outside his building. His book was published in 2004, the same year Judith Irving released her documentary of the same title. The film recorded Bittner's devotion to the birds and his transformation into an amateur avian expert. It won a Genesis Award for Documentary Film.

The parrots are popular tourist attractions in San Francisco. But the city supervisors passed a law banning the feeding of the colorful flock—even if Polly does want a cracker.

(AP Photo: Parrots stop for some seed and an apple in Brisbane, California.)

Sorry you are not allowed to publish comments. If this is the first time you are seeing this message please log out and back in. If you continue to see this message and believe this to be in error please reach out to member services.
Most recent comments

Wow, that is a lot of parrots

Wow, that is a lot of parrots:)

Parrots

300 Parrots is a lot of parrots. Where did they come from? Parrots are not native to North America. How long, though until the city no longer has enough food to feed them? When that happens, what are the parrots going to do?
It sounds to me like if they aren't careful, the parrots could become an invasive species. Starlings are not native to America. They were introduced in the late eighteen, early nineteen hundreds, to Central Park, in New York City. Since then, they have spread all over the country and cause a lot of crop and ecological damage. What happens when the Parrots move out of the city?
I know from personal experience that wild Parrots don't make the best of neighbors.

they are cute but yes I'm

they are cute but yes I'm worried about them becoming an invasive species too

Check out one of the interesting topics below
Explain IT!

Explain-IT trains you to understand the how’s and why’s of man-made inventions and ideas.

Learn More
Pop Smart

Pop! SMART provides tools that equip teenagers with the kinds of insights they need to wisely navigate today’s popular culture in a way that’s fun and engaging.

Learn More
Pie in the Sky

Everyone daydreams, and as it should be. Good dreams aside, our culture is a natural enemy of serenity and hope. God has equipped you for great things.

Learn More
People Mover

True stories are incredibly powerful. They bring meaning to our lives—communicating the truths we can’t afford to live without.

Learn More
Mud Room

Mud Room helps you relate to the news by exploring the details behind the stories in the headlines that relate to earth sciences.

Learn More
Globe Trek

Globe Trek will take you from the living room sofa to the mountains of Uzbekistan and from the screen of their smart phone to a Chilean plantation.

Learn More
Ka Ching!

ka-Ching! takes a look at important principles of money and economics through relatable examples from everyday life.

Learn More
Law 'N Order

Law ‘N Order captures your imagination through civics, focusing on the idea that everyone can make a difference in life.

Learn More

User login