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Witness the legendary parrots of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill. This urban safari takes you through the Telegraph Hill neighborhood in search of the famous wild parrot colony. Descended from escaped pets, this naturalized flock has been popularized by books, news stories, travel guides and documentaries. Your guide will point out other interesting locales along the way, such as buried ships and the stomping grounds of Bummer and Lazarus, San Francisco’s most famous dogs. If you’ve covered the city’s main attractions and you’re looking for something more off beat, this fun, unique San Francisco experience is perfect for you.


  • Walking tour of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco
  • Follow your guide in search of the city’s legendary parrot colony
  • Hear interesting stories about the history of these famous birds from your guide
  • Pass other unique locales including buried ships and the stomping grounds of the city's most famous dogs
  • Take home a DVD copy of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill documentary if no birds are sighted!

What You Can Expect

San Francisco's Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Walking Tour

See the Famous Wild Parrots Flock of Telegraph Hill

Find your way to one of Telegraph Hill's landmarks, the Columbus Statue just in front of Coit Tower. Meet your guide and group at 4 pm to set off in search of the area's famous parrots on this 3-hour urban walking tour. 

These red-masked parakeets are descended from released or escaped pets and have become a naturalized colony. The famous neighborhood residents have been the subject of documentaries, books, news stories and travel guides. As you walk through the hilly neighborhood with multiple winding staircases and a bevy of gorgeous homes, listen for the raucous calls of the flock. Listen as your guide points out other historical points of interest in the neighborhood, such as the original waterline of the San Francisco Bay, an urban redwood grove and a buried ship. You'll also hear the legend of famous 19th century dogs Lazarus and Bummer and see where they liked to hangout. 

The flock has a mind of its own, and if for some reason you don't see any parrots, you'll walk away with a DVD copy of the documentary The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. End your tour at Sue Bierman Park. 

A portion of proceeds from your walking tour ticket benefit Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue. 

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