Wild Parrots Crash the ‘Burbs

Feral parrots in San Francisco.Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/eliya/419520274/">Eliya via Flickr</a>.

San Francisco’s famed wild—actually, feral—Telegraph Hill parrots are fleeing the overcrowded flighways of the city for the gentler skies of suburbia, reports the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Approximately 100 of the conures have been seen about 10 miles south on the slopes of San Bruno Mountain in Brisbane feeding on juniper and hawthorn berries. 

Or maybe it’s the reverse of a fascinating study of wild crows in Seattle a few years back, which found that young suburban-raised birds moved into the city when they reached sexual maturity, joining large flocks of single birds looking for mates.

Maybe San Francisco’s mated birds are looking for a quieter ‘hood to raise the kids. 

 


 


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