“Wild About Burbank”
by Carol Quina.
Part of the roost of wild Parrots in Burbank, CA. (From the internet: Because of the huge variety of tropical trees and shrubs planted in So Cal, the wild Southland has proved a suitable habitat complete with roosting sites and plenty of nuts, seeds, nectar and berries that make up the parrots’ diet. They have everything they need here, and they can breed very successfully because there are not as many predators as there might be in the tropical areas that they come from. There are about a dozen species of wild parrots breeding in Southern California. Of the more common varieties, there are about 4,000 individual birds.)