Macaws, larks, laughingthrushes, kingfishers, birds-of-paradise, pelicans, parrots and violetears… How can we afford to lose any of them? The greatest threat to birdlife around the world today is the wild-caught bird trade. Millions of birds are being killed by a mix of people that simply do not know any better and catch these wild birds for disposable income, and people that simply do not have a choice and are forced into eating the beautiful birds from their forest. We need to do everything we can to help keep birds safe in the wild: http://www.wildbirdtrust.com/portfolio/grey-parrot-project/ Go to the new Wild Bird Trust website to learn more about our research and conservation projects in Africa. Please consider making a contribution to the Wild Bird Trust to help us stimulate positive change for wild birds in 2014!
We are very proud to bring the wonder and vibrance of birds in the wild direct to you every week. Hundreds of amazingly skilled wild bird photographers go out everyday after work, between meetings, on holiday, on the weekend, during retirement, anytime they can get out to photograph our planet’s beautiful birdlife. Some of the most stunning birds, like the crested barbet in this edition, have found homes in our cities and delight millions of people around the world at bird feeders and watering points. Pick up your camera, open your heart, and join the Wild Bird Revolutiontoday!!
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Blue & yellow macaws are resident breeders in Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay, with a small population in Panama. (Ryan Voight)
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Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to conserving Africa's wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. After having worked as a camp manager and wilderness guide in the Okavango Delta and doing his PhD field work on the little-known Meyer's Parrot, Steve took up a position as a Centre of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. He has since been appointed the Scientific Director of the Wild Bird Trust and is a 2014 TED Fellow. His work takes him all over Africa, but his day-to-day activities are committed to South Africa's endemic and Critically Endangered Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus). Based in Hogsback Village in the Eastern Cape (South Africa), Steve runs the Cape Parrot Project, which aims to stimulate positive change for the species through high-quality research and community-based conservation action. When not in Hogsback, Steve can be found in the Okavango Delta where he explores remote areas of this wetland wilderness on "mokoros" or dug-out canoes to study endangered bird species in areas that are otherwise inaccessible. Steve is a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work in the Okavango Delta and on the Cape Parrot Project.
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