Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

DVD - 2005
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The film's endearing guide is Mark Bittner, an aging bohemian, but the supporting cast members, a rambunctious flock of urban parrots, are the true stars, and their surprisingly humanlike behavior makes for a wondrous and rare experience. The film follows the ups-and-downs of these wild birds within the green niches of San Francisco as Bittner befriends, feeds, and names the members of the flock. Along the way, we meet many unforgettable characters: among them Connor, the grouchy yet lovable outcast of the flock, crying for a mate but luckless in his pursuits, and "the lovers," Picasso and Sophie, inseparable until Sophie is forced into mourning when Picasso disappears. More than a mere birdwatcher, Bittner finds solace in his immersion with these strikingly beautiful creatures - but how will he cope when he's evicted from his sanctuary and forced to live away from the parrots?
Publisher: New Video Group : 2005
ISBN: 9780767085977
Branch Call Number: DVD 636.686 W644b
Characteristics: 1 video disc (83 mins.) : sd., col., 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Bittner, Mark


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Sep 12, 2016

Watching this engrossing film, one can remain ignorant of the dreadful lives most captured parrots end up living. So be sure to watch "Parrot Confidential" too, the bookend to this tale. Because of how much work it is to keep even one parrot, and because of the very long lives parrots live, thousands, maybe millions, of parrot "pets" are abandoned, thrown away, given away, sold to irresponsible breeders, and otherwise left to horrible lives here in the U.S. Parrots make unnatural pets regardless of what current owners may say. They need their parrot mate, and they need the wild forests of Latin American where they come from. Watching this film will astonish and educate you as it did me. I had no idea how smart they are and how easily and casually we humans ruin their lives. They deserve better than what they get from us.

Sep 08, 2015

Film Director Judy Irving's best film is "The Parrots of Telegraph Hill". Would you even believe that parrots are living wild in San Francisco. Seems enough escaped domestic homes and started to breed in the beautiful city by the bay. You will watch this family of parrots, that are all named by the young man that feeds them daily. It is an amazing story how they live and protect themselves. They are all so loveable that you can't help but root for "The Parrots of Telegraph Hill!

aaa5756 Mar 27, 2012

One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. “Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait.”

owllover Mar 25, 2012

Very interesting movie!

Aug 21, 2011

don;t forget to watch extra parts of the story. incredible documentary. enjoy

Jul 12, 2011

I watched this video years ago, so the detail isn't as clear to me now. But if you have a love for animals, this will touch your heart.

carlcav Apr 24, 2011

Completely charming story of the redemptive power of nature in the city.

Dec 17, 2010

A great view of the vanishing San Francisco.

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