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As San Francisco's Wild Parrot Flock Grows, So Does Pressure on Bird Rescue Group

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, parrots, San Fransisco )

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The wild parrots that call San Francisco home have become a given of city life, squawking their way to their favorite spots, delighting tourists. The famous flock is now about 300 strong, more than triple its size 10 years ago.


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Natali m (85)
Monday May 24, 2010, 6:04 pm
Amsterdam has a huge wild flock in their parks too, some locals complain because these parrots are really loud ... very nice to watch though, and they even adapted quite well to the cold Dutch climate.

Anne Jo (12)
Monday May 24, 2010, 7:11 pm
They look just cute and adorable.... But i just afraid of touching them....
Hope that they could sort out the solution to help the birds....

True Patriot (226)
Monday May 24, 2010, 7:58 pm

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Monday May 24, 2010, 8:30 pm
Noted and with thanks.

Magdalena M (0)
Monday May 24, 2010, 8:57 pm
I love birds and they are beautiful. Thanks Cher.
Good they are taken care of.

Fiona Ogilvie (561)
Monday May 24, 2010, 11:16 pm
How cool. They must be in good health to multiply so well.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Tuesday May 25, 2010, 12:34 am
Noted, TY Cher.

mr Crowley (23)
Tuesday May 25, 2010, 12:54 am
"The other day, all three were squawking loudly in a language that wild parrot advocates say is unique to San Francisco." - nice, they even have their own slang! :D

gail dair (0)
Tuesday May 25, 2010, 1:54 am
Noted thanks

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday May 25, 2010, 7:00 am
Stop capturing these beautiful birdsand putting them on sale! Leave them in the Tropics where they belong. I wouldn't want to be taken out of my home and put on display in a cage only to escape to freedom in a concrete jungle.

pam w (139)
Tuesday May 25, 2010, 10:22 am
The parasite mentioned in this article is baylisascaris, which is carried in raccoon feces and can be deadly NOT just to birds but to primates, as well! Do NOT allow raccoons or their feces around your property!

Having said that...patricia, these birds are feral...they've been living in flocks all around California for decades. I have several flocks in my trees every day. They're adaptable birds, intelligent enough to live well in cities and are so far away from a forest that they'd have NO idea of "missing" anything.

Did you know that parrots are the ONLY birds with a part of the brain large enough to hold learned memory? That's how they learn to imitate sounds.

Patricia C (96)
Tuesday May 25, 2010, 4:23 pm
There are flocks of wild parrots in Florida too, and they most certainly ARE loud! I have not heard of "problems" with them here, and I am fortunate enough to know wildlife rehabilitation folks. I suspect these birds would be okay in in caring homes, although I can't say for sure.
Thanks Cher.

Beth P (32)
Tuesday May 25, 2010, 5:05 pm
read - noted.

Heidi L (88)
Wednesday May 26, 2010, 7:29 am
I wish they had more volunteers to care for these beautiful birds.
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