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Stunning pair Cape Parrot (Rodnick Biljon)

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/

Comments

  1. Gladys Strondl
    Gauteng
    April 30, 2015, 8:32 am

    Please help to save the Cape parrot! They are most amazing birds..

  2. Hettie Dann
    Johannesburg
    February 25, 2015, 3:08 pm

    Save the birds

  3. iLse van Heerden
    P.E
    February 23, 2015, 7:12 am

    Save these birds…we loose to many animals and birds.

  4. liz young
    durban
    January 18, 2015, 2:10 pm

    They really are so beautiful and if i can help i certainly will.

  5. Mike van der Zee
    Port Elizabeth
    January 18, 2015, 2:56 am

    Saving the Cape Parrot is quite simply the right thing to do. We must do what we can to reverse environment degradation and preserve all facets. land .air water and all living creatures–including man.

  6. Fashola Olutoye
    Nigeria
    January 17, 2015, 3:09 am

    I enjoyed the write-up. Highly informative and also create some sort of emotion towards protecting birds as a beautiful creature. Keep on the excellent work