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Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 (1 Reviews)
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In this appealing, heartfelt account of one man's attempt to bond with wildlife, the author tells how he made friends with a flock of birds and in the process found meaning in his own life. In the early 1990s, Bittner, a 42-year-old who was still living like a "dharma bum," discovered that there were wild parrots in the trees and on the power lines near the house he was caretaking on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill. Having nothing else to do, he decided to feed the birds on his fire escape and occupy his time by observing them. Soon they appeared every day, noisily demanding seeds, and for the next few years, he devoted most of his time to the wily and comical birds, which turned out to be cherry-headed and blue-crowned conures-escapees that originally had been caught in South America-and their progeny. Crowds gathered outside his house to see him with the parrots perched on his arms and head taking seeds from his hands, and he became famous as "the birdman of Telegraph Hill." Because he found that each bird had its own personality, he named them according to their individual characteristics, and in this charming record of their activities, they seem almost human. At a time when he lived like a hermit, the birds brought him joy and became his only friends. It's a bittersweet story-that is, until a documentary filmmaker shows up at his doorstep. Photos not seen by PW. Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Reviewer: Emily (Danbury, CT)

Anyone who has a love for animals should read this book. It will give you a new perspective on the personalities and behavior of parrots. It is by far my favorite book and I have passed it along to friends who love it as well.


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