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Vote Now For Most Beautiful Parrot In Africa!

Absolutely stunning! Our amazing Cape parrots take my breath away every time! Proud, vibrant, wild parrots! Please vote for the Cape parrot as South Africa’s favourite bird and help us raise the public profile of this little-known endemic species. Around 1,000 Cape parrots remain in the last yellowwood forests of South Africa. Take a few seconds to...

Absolutely stunning! Our amazing Cape parrots take my breath away every time! Proud, vibrant, wild parrots! Please vote for the Cape parrot as South Africa’s favourite bird and help us raise the public profile of this little-known endemic species. Around 1,000 Cape parrots remain in the last yellowwood forests of South Africa. Take a few seconds to vote for South Africa’s national parrot and demonstrate the power of online communities that stimulate positive change! Click here to Vote for CAPE PARROT as South Africa’s favourite bird!

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Here are five recent photographs by Rodnick Biljon, who monitors the small population of Cape parrots in King William’s Town. Rodnick knows where they feed and has a special whistle that puts them at ease. He has been very encouraged by the general health and appearance of the local parrot population, and has never seen so many fledglings. See for yourself… Follow us @CapeParrot or @WildBirdTrust

Cape Parrot fly feb15 (Rodnick Biljon) Cape parrot fledge (Rodnick Biljon) Cape Parrot plum FEb15 (Rodnick Biljon) Cape parropt close up (Rodnick Biljon)

We are now in the most important time of the year with food very scarce with the wild plums (Harpephylum caffrum) finished, the yellowwood fruits too small, and the pecan nuts still much too unripe and full of tannins. In past years, we made the decision not to provide supplementary feeding opportunities to the wild population, but this year will consider this option due to the high proportion of youngsters and low availability of food resources. We cannot afford another beak and feather disease outbreak or high juvenile mortality due to malnutrition and exposure. We could achieve the first significant population increase in decades if we effectively support the newly-fledged parrots coming into their first, cold winter.

Please follow the Cape Parrot Project group on Facebook to stay up-to-date: www.facebook.com/groups/capeparrotproject

Cape Parrot found in the street today. Most likely hit by a speeding car. We are going to check whether the hip can be fixed and the parrot rescued. Let's hope that we have the opportunity to rehabilitate this young male... (Rodnick Biljon)
Cape Parrot found in the street today. Most likely hit by a speeding car. We are going to check whether the hip can be fixed and the parrot rescued. Let’s hope that we have the opportunity to rehabilitate this young male… (Rodnick Biljon)

Short video for German TV about why we should all love and value parrots…

Please donate to help us save this injured Cape parrot, rehabilitate and release diseased parrots, restore indigenous forests, and continue monitoring isolated populations… Go to: www.wildbirdtrust.com/donations/

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Meet the Author

Steve Boyes
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.