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Vote For Cape Parrot As SA’s Favourite Bird!

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Click here to Vote for CAPE PARROT as South Africa’s favourite bird!

The green-and gold Cape Parrot is our national parrot and are only found here, yet most South Africans do not even know they exists. Our Cape Parrot is Africa’s most Endangered parrot species with around 1,000 Cape Parrots remaining in the wild. Their fate is forever linked to that of our declining yellowwood forests. The Cape Parrot Project works to save our national parrot by planting our national tree, the yellowwood…

Yellowwood seedlings grown by high school student, Justin Eberhardt, from Stutterheim. (Justin Eberhardt)
Yellowwood seedlings grown by high school student, Justin Eberhardt, from Stutterheim. (Justin Eberhardt)
Yellowwood saplings growing at one of the Cape Parrot Project planting sites along the Amathole Mountains in South Africa, home to the largest-remaining population of Cape parrots in the world... (Steve Boyes)
Yellowwood saplings growing at one of the Cape Parrot Project planting sites along the Amathole Mountains in South Africa, home to the largest-remaining population of Cape parrots in the world… (Steve Boyes)

The Cape Parrot is undoubtedly South Africa’s least-known “favourite bird” with a dedicated following across the globe. This beautiful parrot is uniting local communities in the idea that we can restore our grand yellowwood forests and bring back the 1,000-strong flocks of Cape Parrots. Make a small statement by voting for Africa’s most endangered parrot, the Cape Parrot, in this initiative run by Birdlife South Africa! Go to: http://birdlife.org.za/vote and scroll down to “Cape Parrot”…

Here is a series of recent Cape Parrot photographs by our project photographer, Rodnick Biljon, to share with your friends! Simply stunning! Vote now!

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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.
  • Paul Smulders

    We should do all we can to restore this bird to an unthreatened status!

  • Margie

    What a beautiful bird, hope to be able to be saved.
    Best regards
    Margie

  • bruno potier

    splendide petit perroquet

  • Ana

    Absolutly beauty n amazing parrots!!

  • Biddy White

    Always interested in helping out where I can

  • Rory Blake

    Awsome birds and they need every ounce of of our protection. Keep up the awsome work Steve, this countryis indebted to your persaverance and dedication ….

  • Rory Blake

    Awsome birds and they need every ounce of of our protection. Keep up the awsome work Steve, this country is indebted to your persaverance and dedication ….

  • Elwin Strachan

    Cape parrots are my fouvorite

  • James Kydd

    Incredible work being done here by the Cape Parrot Project for an incredible and highly intelligent bird.

  • Tove Furu

    Save this Wonderful birds, we sant them in our fauna for ever.

  • Rose

    they are too beautiful, used to see them from Sunshine Valley Farm on theri way home late afternoons.

  • Dana Berki

    Please help save the Capes

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  • Mariane Smith

    I love birds. I have 117 birds,of which 16 are Lovebirds, 2 Indian Ringnecks, 1 Conure, 36 Budgies, all from Parrot family.This Cape Parrot is beautiful, it resembles my Conure. I wish I could house some of those parrots for the Project. Ive bn involved with birds for past 7 years. I just love Parrots. Pse save the Cape Parrot!

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