the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

• 27 March 2007

Some of you may remember an indie film a few years back called the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. I remember being intrigued given its SF location and that it received outstanding reviews; however, I have yet to rent the DVD.

This past weekend we took a walk down (& up!) the Filbert Steps in Telegraph Hill..350 steps in total...and had the opportunity to come into contact with these wild parrots. They were beautiful.

Here is a synopsis of the film in case you are interested:

In San Francisco, there are at least two flocks of largely wild parrots who flock around the city. This film focuses on the flock of cherry-headed conures (and a lonely blue-headed one named Connor) who flock around the Telegraph Hill region of the city and their closest human companion, Mark Bittner . Through his own words, we learn of his life as a frustrated, homeless musician and how he came to live in the area where he decided to explore the nature around him. That lead him to discovering the parrot flock and the individual personalities of it. In a cinematic portrait, we are introduced to his colorful companions and the relationship they share as well as the realities of urban wild life that would change Bittner's life forever.

Here is a link to the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes:


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