With fewer than 1800 individuals in the wild, and as South Africa’s only endemic parrot, the Cape parrot is under threat of extinction.
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To better conserve this species, we need sound knowledge of the nesting and feeding requirements of this parrot, as well as the various threats facing it.
Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease is a real threat to these birds. This disease is often fatal, highly contagious and has rapidly spread throughout the population.
Restoration of forest habitat aims to promote natural seedling regeneration and to prevent the spread of invasive exotic vegetation.
We encourage local communities in South Africa to embrace the Cape Parrot as a national mascot for the umbrella protection of our forest catchments.
There is little known about this parrot, with most of the work done by researchers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the 1990s on northern populations in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Learn more about the Cape Parrot and Mistbelt Forest Action Plan
The Cape Parrot Project and Wild Bird Trust were involved in developing a Cape Parrot and Mistbelt Forest Action Plan, where the vision is a thriving population of Cape Parrots acting as a flagship for the protection and recovery of indigenous forests in South Africa, for the shared benefit of people and nature. They are a BirdLife Species Guardian and as instrumental stakeholders, their work is closely aligned with the Cape Parrot and Mistbelt Habitat Conservation Action Plan that we helped produce in 2019.
Read about all the latest news, research and inspiring stories on The Cape Parrot Project.
On Tuesday, 24 January 2023 at 19:00 (SAST), BirdLife South Africa's weekly webinar series ‘Conservation Conversations with BirdLife South Africa’ hosted Dr Francis Brooke from the Cape Parrot Project and Prof. Colleen Downs from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Chair of the Cape Parrot Working Group.
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