Comical Critters-Wild Parrots in San Francisco

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

Flocks of wild parrots in San Francisco? Yes, it's true. Originally spotted on Telegraph Hill in the early 2000s, they have since spread to other parts of the City, including Dolores Park and the Presidio.

Monday evening, as we walked over Russian Hill to North Beach, we stopped to enjoy the antics of this group along the Vallejo Street Stairs.

parrott on Russian Hill, San Francisco

 

You might have read the book, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill or perhaps you've seen the documentary film. Take a look at the trailer from this link.

Want to see or read more? If your local bookstore doesn't carry it, you can buy the DVD or the book. This is a great gift idea, too.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Sam Shueh
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You think CA new falcons from San Jose City Hall roof will take an interest in them?

Thanks for sharing.

Apr 27, 2016 02:04 AM #1
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Lottie Kendall
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I'm sure they would, Sam. Hawks are the #1 predator of the parrots. Good thing the parrots camouflage well in the trees.

Apr 27, 2016 02:17 AM #2
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Kathleen Daniels
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I am amazed that as much as I love birds, that I never caught eye of them while visiting San Francisco.  Next time???

Apr 27, 2016 02:25 AM #3
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Jane Peters
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That is pretty amazing to see wild parrots in a city. The last time I saw them was in Sydney. I did see that documentary. 

Apr 27, 2016 05:34 AM #4
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Lottie Kendall
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I think they spend the night in the Presidio--I've often seen them just before dusk in the big eucalyptus trees near the Lombard Gate; also in eucalyptus in Ft. Mason near Van  Ness. I'm guess our end-of-day spotting on Russian Hill was as they were heading back to the Presidio from Telegraph Hill. (But, what do I know?) - Kathleen Daniels 

BTW-sorry I couldn't make it to your Meet Up today; looking forward to reading about it.

 

Apr 27, 2016 02:13 PM #5
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Lottie Kendall
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What did you think of the documentary, ? I was captivated, and thought Mark Bittner ais a gentle soul.

Apr 27, 2016 02:14 PM #6
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Lottie

So ironic that you wrote about this! I was going through some photos from my trip there for CRS a couple of years ago and I went walking every morning up Telegraph Hills. And of course the parrot were around - I have some great photos! I haven't seen the documentary or read about them but plan to - it's got to be an interesting story!

Jeff

Apr 27, 2016 03:48 PM #7
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for sharing the photo. I would love to see wild parrots in my neighborhood.

Apr 27, 2016 09:11 PM #8
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Lottie Kendall
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Good morning, Gita Bantwal - the parrots are delightfully charming--silly, noisy and seem to have fun!

Jeff Dowler CRS - I think you'd enjoy the book and/or movie. The documentary has some amazing shots, and Mark Bittner, who studied the parrots and worked with them, is an unconventional, interesting, gentle soul.

Apr 28, 2016 12:20 AM #9
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
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Much like Sam's comment, we've got a lot of desert hawks that would love a good parrot lunch. It's a good thing they're not in these parts. 

Apr 28, 2016 12:43 AM #10
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Lottie Kendall
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Fortunately for our parrrots, Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert , we have a lot of foliage for cover. Doesn't always work, of course. 

Apr 28, 2016 01:08 AM #11
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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I read the book and I saw the film, so naturally that made us go back to Telegraph Hill just to see the parrots and while we were there, haul our butts up to Coit Tower and all the other walking tour stuff to see. But the parrots were phenomenal. I've never seen that many parrots in one place since, oh, maybe Ecuador. Still, it was like meeting royalty to see those birds.

Apr 28, 2016 07:23 AM #12
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Lottie - that is really interesting that the parrots came back to San Francisco.  The documentary film is worth getting.

May 02, 2016 01:33 PM #13
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Lottie Kendall
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The documentary is very endearing, Grant Schneider 

May 02, 2016 02:02 PM #14
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Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - I'm glad the parrots lived up to their charm and made the trudge up the stairs worthwhile.

May 02, 2016 02:03 PM #15
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