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!
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
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.
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