Cape Parrot

2023 CESouth Africa

"The Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus) is a medium- sized robust parrot with a green body and a golden head and neck . . . Cape Parrots are typically found in high-altitude Afromontane forests. However,these forests were heavily affected by historical logging of large hardwood trees (like Yellowwoods). This has caused a shortage of natural nesting sites (in natural tree hollows) which in turn has resulted in low reproductive output. In addition, historical logging reduced food availability, forcing them to seek food away from their natural forest habitat, making them more vulnerable to the illegal wild bird trade. Cape Parrots are also susceptible to the highly contagious and often fatal Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease." Thought to be South Africa's most endangered bird, the Cape parrot populations have collapsed over the last 100 years with fewer than 1500 individuals left in the wild.

Quote: "Cape Parrot Project," Wild Bird Trust.

Phil Hockey, "Cape Parrot – Sa’s most endangered bird?" FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology.

Image: Alan Manson, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons