Cape Parrot Big Birding Day May 2013

Join us in our annual evening and morning Cape Parrot count to help save one of South Africa’s most endangered birds.
Contact: Prof Colleen T. Downs
School of Life Sciences,
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg
Tel: 033-2605127/04 (w), 033-3860947 (h), 0829202026 Email:

The annual Cape Parrot Big Birding Day will be on the 4th and 5th May 2013. Please diarise this. This is a wonderful way to assist in a conservation effort and often gets volunteers out to places they would rarely visit. Each year a group of students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal assist in monitoring the forests around Ingeli in southern KwaZulu-Natal. The forests here are typical of those where the Cape Parrots occur (Figure 2). The importance of the annual Cape Parrot Big Birding Day (CPBBD) is highlighted in several ways. Firstly, it gives population trends and numbers. Secondly, observers report illegal hunting, cutting down of forest, and capture of parrots. Thirdly, it gives important distribution data for the Cape parrot.

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