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 Serious Danger for the Cape Parrot

Friday, April 28, 2017

Serious danger for the Cape Parrot Poicephalus robustus in in South Africa, having undergone a population collapse over the last century from habitat destruction, unsustainable trapping, persecution and disease. 


These birds prefer high altitude Afromontane mistbelt mixed Podocarpus forest and lowland/coastal forest for foraging. Only a tiny fraction of South Africa’s afromontane forests now remain, scattered in fragments largely along the Drakensberg escarpment and the Eastern Cape.


Cape Parrots feed on Podocarpus fruits, and on a variety of seeds from different tree species. Their dependence on mixed forests and their small population makes it vital that they receive attention and protection. 

The World Parrot Trust is working with partners in South Africa to search for and monitor populations, and spread awareness about the ecological importance of these unique parrots.

Read more about it here.

Image copyright Cape Parrot Working Group


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