The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Critics Consensus

Interesting and appealing as both a study of man and nature.



Total Count: 101


Audience Score

User Ratings: 5,241
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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.

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Ivan Stormgart
as Urban Legend
Maggie McCall
as Urban Legend
Shawn Hall
as Mark's Neighbour
Gary Scott Thompson
as Urban Legend
Richard Schulke
as Chairman, Animal Control and Welfare Commission Hearing, Chairman Animal Control and Welfare Commission Hearing
Jamie Yorck
as Urban Legend
Jann Eyrich
as Mark's Neighbour
John Aiken
as Lorikeet Aviary Curator of Birds
Tom Eby
as Mark's "Landlord"
Denise St. Onge
as Mark's "Landlord"
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Critic Reviews for The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

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Audience Reviews for The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

  • Jan 11, 2013
    I think we all know someone like this. A guy who just plants himself somewhere to become part of the neighbourhood, just hanging out an appreciating. He discovers the parrots of Telegraph Hill who, like him, are strangers to the City and an interesting relationship is created. Providing you with information on the final interesting relationship would be too much of give away.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2010
    THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL(2005) Simply beautiful.....yes, I was moved to tears (several times). This is a really heart-warming story for both animal lovers & the more cynical amongst us alike. ****4 & a half out of 5 stars****
    mirabella 1 Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2009
    Sweet documentary about the quirky little personalities of some wild parrots in San Francisco, and the man who looks after them , though as he says near the end, they don't actually need looking after. Part bird documentary, part SF travelogue..
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2009
    Fun, interesting, and educational documentary. Kids and adults will adore it alike.
    Richard F Super Reviewer

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