wild parrot of sunnyvale

Wild Parrots of Sunnyvale

A flock of wild parrots hang out most often in the area near El Camino Ave and Mathilda Ave, in Sunnyvale, where Matilda turns into Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road.  At various times and, particularly, towards the end of the day, they congregate in Los Palmas Park, just a few blocks away. A cluster of palm trees in the park provide a safe haven for the parrots to roost at night. In the late afternoon, different groups from the flock arrive and squabble about accommodations and sleeping arrangements, but then seem to quiet down once they’re all settled in.

What type of parrots are they? The parrots are mitred conures, aka red-headed or cherry-head conures.  Adults are mostly green with varying amount of red around their face and throat, and are approximately 13 to 15 inches in length. The mitred conures are native to South American countries, in particular, Peru and Argentina, but in the U.S., populations are also known to exist in states such as California and Florida.

How many are there? As many as five or six dozen parrots flying together in a flock. (Wild parrots have also been reported in nearby communities of Campbell, Mountain View, and Palo Alto, which may be an altogether different flock or parrots that broke off the original group.)

The above information is from Rick Trutna’s website:

The video below is from Kathie Slider.

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