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From the Central Series
Chapter By Chapter Summary
Chapter One: Pretty Bird
Chapter Two: A Special Guest
Chapter Three: A Troubling Visit
Chapter Four: The White Sheet
Chapter Five: Missing!
Chapter Six: Parrot Pursuit
Chapter Seven: Confessions
Chapter Eight: Likely Suspects
Chapter Nine: A Terrible Discovery
Chapter Ten: The Fire-Escape Feat
Chapter Eleven: Getting Some Answers
Chapter Twelve: A Parrot's Song
Chapter Thirteen: Bananas
Chapter Fourteen: The Escape Artist
Chapter Fifteen: Reunited
Discusses the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill and the increase in vegetarianism during the 1970s. Topics covered:
- African Grey parrots' contributions to studies on understanding bird intelligence
- Alex, an African Grey parrot who learned to speak over a hundred English words and recognize colors and shapes
- The capture of wild parrots from tropical forests during the 1970s for sale as pets
- The Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992 banning the importation of wild-caught exotic birds into the United States for commercial purposes
- The bond between captive parrots and their owners, and the care and demands required of parrots most people are not able to handle
- Stories of feral parrots living in Telegraph Hill, with canary-winged parakeets in the 1970s and cherry-headed conures since the 1990s
- The Animal Switchboard, an all-volunteer animal welfare and assistance organization founded by Grace and Virginia Handley in 1970
- The increased awareness in animal and environmental welfare leading to a rise in vegetarianism during the 1970s
- ↑ Pg. 1: "Dancing Queen!" [Julie] cried, bouncing in her seat. "This song just made number one on the pop charts. Ivy and I can't get enough of it!" ABBA's Dancing Queen was the No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100, issued on April 9, 1977, in the United States.
- ↑ Pg. 11: "I'll be back next Saturday," Ivy said. April 16, 1977, was on a Saturday, and is the only possible Saturday for the Lings to return to San Francisco when taking into account Julie's comment about Dancing Queen being the No. 1 song on the radio.