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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Details


Telegraph Hill is a neighborhood in one of the hillier sections of San Francisco that over the years has become home to a large flock of wild parrots. While no one is certain how they got there, the birds were for the most part left to their own devices until they were discovered by Mark Bittner. A street musician and self-described "Dharma bum," Bittner had no practical background in ornithology when he first encountered the parrots, but it wasn't long before he developed a close bond with them and took it upon himself to feed and care for the birds, and even gave many of them names. Bittner's friendship with the parrots became a growing experience that taught the guitarist as much about himself as it did about the birds, and with the passage of time, his work earned him the respect of his community as well as a home. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a documentary which recounts the story of Bittner and his birds, as well as an unexpected twist of fate which added a poignant note to their tale. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 9, 2003


Ivan Stormgart
as Urban Legend
Maggie McCall
as Urban Legend
Jamie Yorck
as Urban Legend
Shawn Hall
as Mark's Neighbour
John Aiken
as Lorikeet Aviary Curator of Birds


Judy Irving
Judy Irving
Judy Irving
Judy Irving
Camera Operator
Jaime Kibben
Production Sound
Jacquelyne Cordes
Additional Cinematography
Howard Munson
Additional Cinematography
James Attwood
Additional Cinematography
Matt Eakle
Musical Performer