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Polly Wants to Live in Burbank: Parrots Take to the Skies Over Verdugo Ave

Photo of a wild parrot in Echo Park by petekraynak via the LAist Featured Photos pool
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If you've ever watched television or movies from the 1970s, you know that owning a parrot in during that crazy decade was as trendy as sequins and cocaine.

Well, now, experts believe that the descendants of those one-time pets are enjoying their man-made habitat by flocking over Verdugo Avenue every morning and waking up residents. The Burbank Leader reports that a flock of about 100 brightly-colored birds can be seen and heard almost every day, at sunrise and sunset.

"It feels like this roar that just comes overhead," Burbank resident Cindy Brown told the Leader.

The be-feathered group breaks up during the day, say experts, leaving residents to their work, then ring the 5:00 bell to let them know it's time to go home.