New and Venerable Institutions: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
The rowdy and charming flock of cherry-headed conures known as The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is estimated to have put down roots here around the time of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, though no mythology has been ascribed to that coincidence - yet. In the 1990s their legend grew along with their numbers. Though concern for the Conures garnered enormous publicity when their primary caretaker, Mark Bittner, was forced to relocate from his cottage near the Greenwich steps, Bittner says they continued to thrive without him. That's probably just as well since any effort by the City or interested locals to intervene on behalf of the parrots would probably only interrupt their natural habits and doom them. You mean nature doesn't need our help? Bittner reminds us, "They are wild after all." Now numbering around 70, many of the birds have been named and all have distinct personalities and relationships within the flock. On the day of Mister SF's visit, lover's quarrels were witnessed as well as hawk patrol and what could easily be construed as gossiping among the enchanting birds. To what does Bittner attribute their appeal? "They're colorful and they come from somewhere else, just like San Franciscans." 

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