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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cockatiels Inundate San Francisco Animal Control

Posted By on Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 11:35 AM

'I just flew in from the coast...' - ALEXANDRA AMAYA
  • Alexandra Amaya
  • 'I just flew in from the coast...'
'I just flew in from the coast...'
A flock of cockatiels wasn't a band in the 1980s. There was no signature "flock of cockatiels" haircut. A flock of cockatiels is, literally, a flock of cockatiels -- and you can find one now at San Francisco's Animal Care and Control.

The repository of pets-to-be finds itself inundated with 35 young birds after owner-surrenders of 15, 10, and 10 cockatiels in short order last week. Deb Campbell, Animal Control's volunteer coordinator, suspects the birds may all be "from the same breeding operation" -- but we'll never know. Animal Control would rather take the animals than give donors the third degree.

While massive influxes of cockatiels are not normal, Animal Control does often receive "batches of parakeets or finches when breeding operations or situations get out of control." In the current case, the birds were apparently left in an aviary to do as they pleased. That entailed lots of breeding -- hence a cavalcade of young birds.

Cockatiels! Cockatiels! Get your young cockatiels right here! - ALEXANDRA AMAYA
  • Alexandra Amaya
  • Cockatiels! Cockatiels! Get your young cockatiels right here!
Alexandra Amaya
Cockatiels! Cockatiels! Get your young cockatiels right here!
Since they were brought up in an aviary, the birds' sociability varies. Campbell notes that they're "young and shy" and "need some work." Also, while some are beautiful, others have had their feathers picked out by bullying brethren. Pretty or ugly, the birds can be yours for $30.

Campbell also notes that Animal Control is currently housing plenty of guinea pigs, rats, bunnies, lizards, hamsters, dogs, cats, and a Japanese Button Quail named Joy who apparently "loves people."

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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