You guys, I'm so excited these lovelies landed right in front of my house today. San Francisco has a wild parrot population originated from birds previously in captivity that escaped or were released by annoyed owners but I've never actually seen them in person before. These three are the Red-masked Parakeet (Aratinga erythrogenys) one of the two types we have in the city. The parrots are usually on the eastern side of the city but the red heads deigned to visit my side of town this morning.


The flock was initially spotted back in the late 1980s and has grown in size since to several hundred. Some of the birds have since migrated to other areas of the Bay Area outside of San Francisco but the rest remain.

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The four total that landed outside my home were not afraid of me, letting me get less than a foot away as I snapped photos. The parrots only departed when a predator, one of the city's many hawks, swooped into view.

You can learn more about San Francisco's wild parrots of Telegraph Hill over on Mark Bittner's site dedicated to the birds