Wednesday, April 20, 2005


As I was voyaging on the Internet this morning, I found a site about the parrots of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. That reminded me that when our daughter went to the University of Chicago; we were amazed that Hyde Park has a flock of parakeets too. I then found an article from WGN on this subject. Further investigation led to my learning that Brooklyn also has "wild" parrots. The monk parakeets or parrots of Hyde Park seem to have first appeared in 1973. Local lore has it that they escaped from a cage at O’Hare Airport. Really the birds may have been released by owners who tired of these noisy birds. The population has grown to almost 200 birds and about 80 nests. These birds can live from 20-30 years barring any disease or accident. It seems that Chicago is a far north as they live currently. The birds are called feral parrots because they are domesticated animals living in the wild. If you want to read more about these birds, check the article in Audubon Magazine.


At 3:49 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

There's both a movie and a book written about the parrots of Telegraph Hill now, you know.

At 9:31 PM, Blogger Mrs.R said...

I didn't realize that there is a movie! Thanks for the tip.


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