Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Walking Tour by Explore San Francisco

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Duration: 1h 30m
Location: Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA United States | San Francisco, United States

Category: Tours & Sightseeing

Walking tour to see flocks of wild parrots on Telegraph Hill
Guide shares the story of these colorful tropical creatures
Bright species like cherry-headed & blue crown conures
Sights include Coit Tower & a secret grove of redwood trees
Stories about buried ships & famous dogs Bummer & Lazarus

Guided walking tour of Telegraph Hill
Live tour commentary provided in English


In the eucalyptus- and palm-covered slopes beneath Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, 2 colonies of colorful squawking parrots have settled. Set out to find these bright birds, and learn the fascinating story of how these non-native creatures came to call San Francisco home.

Whether they were released by pet owners or escaped on their own, the parrots of Telegraph Hill have thrived in the City by the Bay, and today their population numbers near 300. The bright, tropical-hued flock consists of cherry-headed conures, mitred conures, blue-crowned conures, and hybrid mixes of these different varieties, which have crossed to hatch an only-in-San-Francisco species.

Set out with an expert guide to track down groups of parrots in the trees, and listen as your guide shares stories about the birds and the famous documentary they star in, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. As you watch for birds, your guide points out other notable San Fran landmarks, as well. Spot the original waterfront, hear about the ships beneath the city’s modern foundations, find a hidden grove of redwood trees, and follow in the footsteps of Bummer and Lazarus—2 stray dogs that became beloved symbols of the city in the 1860s.

Cancellation Policy: 4 days
Know before you book: Children 4 and younger are complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult., This activity is not wheelchair accessible., At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place., Maximum group size is 15 people., Parrot sightings are not guaranteed; if you do not see parrots, you will receive a copy of the DVD The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill., A portion of your ticket price goes to the Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue., Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

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