The Wild Parrots of San Francisco



The Wild Parrots of San Francisco

Written by Bunny McFadden

That is BirdNote. 

[Red-masked Parakeet, ML 69543, 1:03-1:07]

Troublemakers. Clowns. These rowdy crowds of parrots in San Francisco are splashed with maraschino pink and pickle inexperienced, as shiny and cheery as the enduring ‘Painted Women’ homes lining Alamo Sq..

The birds are Cherry-headed Conures [CON-yers], a species native to South America and formally often known as Purple-masked Parakeets. An launched species possible descended from escaped pets, a number of wild flocks of conures now pepper the peninsula. 

They’re the topic of books, documentaries, and controversy. Some individuals disapprove as a result of they displace locals, a perennial dialogue within the metropolis whether or not you’re speaking about birds or individuals.

Their origin is debated. An area legend claims {that a} pet store proprietor burned down her store, unleashing the unique imports. What’s extra possible is that a number of of those loud-mouths exasperated their homeowners till they… “by accident” left a window open.

[Red-masked Parakeet, ML 69543]

Regardless of their raucous nature, the parrots delight many vacationers and locals. Come to San Francisco and also you simply would possibly spy the wild parrots via the fog as they search their lush food regimen of pine seeds and juniper berries. 

Sadly, wild Cherry-headed Conures are falling sick from rodent poison. A nonprofit, Mickaboo, adopts out healed rescues. 

[Red-masked Parakeet, ML 325202311]

With a life expectancy of 50-plus years, these are long-term roommates.

For BirdNote, I’m Ariana Remmel.


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©  2022 BirdNote      Might 2022        Narrator: Ariana Remmel

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