Cherry-headed Conures aka Red Masked Parakeets
Did you know that Sunnyvale has its own flock of wild parrots? Did you know that a group of parrots can also be called a pandemonium of parrots? It tells you something about the noise a wild flock of parrots can make because the definition of pandemonium is "wild uproar or noise!" (Source: American Heritage Dictionary). You can also call them a company of parrots. Well Sunnyvale does and not only that, they roost very near here! And what a pandemonium they are capable of making! Most of the birds in this flock are cherry-headed conures. Conures are Mexican, Central or South American birds. They didn't migrate here. Instead, the flock probably started with a few escaped pets. Due to our mild weather and availability of suitable food, these tropical birds have been able to thrive. You can read more about our Sunnyvale flock in this article: Concrete Jungle
Currently there are flocks of wild parrots also in Palo Alto as well in San Francisco. You can read more about Bay Area wild parrots here: Parrots Withstand Cold Weather...
While researching wild parrots I found an interesting ad on Yelp for an apartment right here in the Villa Cerise complex. It reads: "The interesting thing about Villa Cerise is that there is a company (ie, flock) of wild parrots that resides in Sunnyvale and visits the rooftops of Villa Cerise in the morning and late afternoon each day. The parrots are noisy, but when else will you live someplace with wild parrots on your block?!" I've seen a lot of different selling points for real estate but a pandemonium is new to me!
Congratulations to The North Star for FTF!
4/10/11: Cache was moved as a homeless person set up residency at the original location.