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.
Read about all the latest news, research and inspiring stories on The Cape Parrot Project.
Dr Steve Boyes lives the ultimate boy’s adventure, When he’s not raising awareness about (and poling through) Botswana’s Okavango Delta, he’s working hands-on to save the seriously threatened Cape Parrot.
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