Saturday, August 25, 2012

National Geographic: Africa's Most Endangered Parrot

The Cape Parrot (photo credit National Geographic)
New article in the August issue of National Geographic by Steve Boyes about the Cape Parrot, Africa's most endangered psitticine. Fewer than 1,000 remain alive today; their numbers been reduced by deforestation, the pet trade, and new diseases brought on by degraded habitat.

Boyes notes that "the parrots hang on due to their cognitive abilities and intelligence that allow them to literally “make a plan” to adjust to drastic alterations to the forest habitat that they depend on." The bad news is that it will take 350 years to restore the lost forest areas.

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