Monday, 14 September 2015
Cape parrots are disappearing at a rapid rate.
Endemic to South Africa, the Cape parrot, or Poicephalus robustus, lives in the Afromontane yellowwood forests found mainly in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal.
Over the last 50-100 years the population has decreased dramatically. They are considered critically endangered. Only 1600 remain in the wild.
In other words, you have more chance of sighting a white rhino, in South Africa, than you do a Cape parrot.
The Cape parrot is a large bird, roughly 34 cm in height, with an average weight of 260-330g. Their head and neck colours are bright gold mixed with dark brown, their backs and wings are dark green, their rumps and underparts bright green, sometimes with a hint of blue. The females sport an orange-red blaze across the crowns of their heads… Continued