A project of WORLD PARROT TRUST USA INC
Cape Parrots are recognized as Critically Endangered in South Africa with only 1,000 to 1,500 parrots remaining in the wild.
Unsustainable exploitation puts Cape Parrot at risk
Although the Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus) is listed by IUCN as having a large range the species has undergone a population collapse over the last 50 – 100 years. Cape Parrots are recognized as Critically Endangered in South Africa with only 1,000 to 1,500 parrots remaining in the wild.
The destruction and degradation of forest habitats, shooting of birds near agricultural areas and trapping for the wild bird trade have further hastened the decline of this species. Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) has also been found in wild flocks, and is a great threat to these parrots.
In 1998 WPT began sending funds to be used to help biologist Mike Perrin with on-going conservation work for the Cape Parrot. This and work with Dr. Steve Boyes has increased the species' profile. Since then, WPT has helped to:
Why we need your help?
Your support will help the WPT and the Cape Parrot Endangered Species Project (CAPES) to aid the birds and secure their long-term survival.
To learn more about efforts to save the Cape Parrot, visit: www.parrots.org/projects/cape_parrot.