Wild parrots of Sunnyvale ~2010~


Flocks of wild parrots, such as the ones of Telegraph Hill fame in San Francisco, can be found in various other urban and suburban areas. The parrots shown here are the Wild Parrots of Sunnyvale and have been flapping and squawking around town for some time now. The exact origin of these flocks is unknown. While the ability of this flock to survive is not the weather so much as the ability to find enough to eat, it is important that the public does not feed them. Feeding these birds makes them dependent upon people and in danger of being too close to traffic, cats and other hazards. Some of these birds end up in the Mickaboo Bird Rescue system for many reasons. There is a neurological disease of unknown origin which can strike them, causing them to be off balance, unable to fly or keep up with the flock. Some survive an attack by a hawk or cat and need medical help; others, flying too close to traffic, hit cars. Fledglings can have early flying accidents & break a wing or leg. When injured, they are taken immediately to an avian vet for treatment. Mickaboo pays for treatment and finds volunteers to help with recovery fostering. A few of the injured birds return to the wild, but not many. For more information, or to donate toward their veterinary care, please visit www.mickaboo.org By Patty Blau
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5 comments on “Wild parrots of Sunnyvale ~2010~

  1. Mark Bittner of “Parrots of Telegraph Hill” fame has learned from toxicologists that the neurological order that afflicts those Conures is brought upon by toxins introduced into the birds by the ingestion of raccoon feces that is prevelant in certain areas of forage.

    I can’t help but wonder if these birds are not seperated transplants from the original San Francisco flock,,,

  2. The neurological disorder afflicting the parrots of Telegraph Hill fame is parasitic in nature and not viral. It poses no threat to humans and is indeed contracted through contact or ingestion of raccoon feces by the birds.

  3. i love it

  4. Great video, what type of camera are you using?


    as soothing as the enya song can be to the ear, these irritating squakers are unbearable….

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