San Diego birdman beaten, beloved cockatoo killed after unprovoked attack

The bruises on his face soon may heal, but the broken heart of Victor Vasquez — the Birdman of East Village — may take a while longer.

“Sydney, the day before he died, I told him, ‘You’re the reason I wake up in the morning,” Vasquez said this week of his 31-year-old medium sulphur-crested cockatoo from Papua New Guinea, one of his three feathered companions.

“He was just an amazing soul.”

The bird was killed during an attack on Vasquez, which he said occurred Wednesday in front of the San Diego Central Library. Vasquez said he was punched, kicked and knocked to the ground by two unknown assailants.

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