The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: The Movie

Posted by ardeidae on February 09, 2005

In 1990, a homeless street musician by the name of Mark Bittner found himself being drawn in by a flock of 26 wild conures that inhabited San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill. It started with a little curiosity, but with time and patience, Mark found the birds eating out of his hands. When he first noticed them in 1990, there were 26 birds, mostly Cherry-Headed Conures (Aratinga erythrogenys), but as breeding seasons passed, the flock grew, to an estimated 160 today.

Mark documented his experiences through the years and in January 2004, his story was told when “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” was published. And today, after four and a half years of painstaking filming, the movie version hits the theaters. Make sure to check out the trailer.





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