Wild Parrots Tame the Concrete Jungle
SAN DIEGO, United States, May 18 – Southern California has a vast array of transplants lured by the moderate climate and endless days of sunshine, and perhaps none are more exotic than the urban parrots that have come to colonise bedroom communities ringing major cities like San Diego and Los Angeles.
Parrot populations are surging in cities worldwide even as their habitats are fast disappearing in the wild.
Each morning, residents of Ocean Beach, San Diego get an eyeful and earful as small groups of parrots pass through, behaving like rowdy fraternity boys on a pub crawl.
They’re seldom alone and almost never quiet. The parrots fly from tree to tree foraging for food, their distinctive squawks echoing through the neighbourhood. …
Residents of Ocean Beach believe the parrots arrived 25 years ago after a pet store burned down, and they never left.
The seaside community is now home to a flock of 100 naturalised parrots composed of red-headed conures and stubby-winged amazons.
Red-and-green parakeets in San Francisco: here.
Struggles of San Francisco’s Parrots: here.
Fossil Eocene parrot: here.