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Capes fighting for survival

Postby Pajarita » Sat May 19, 2018 9:11 am

The cape parrot entire wild population is less than 2,000 birds!


https://news.nationalgeographic.com/201 ... th-africa/
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Re: Capes fighting for survival

Postby Pajarita » Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:13 am

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Re: Capes fighting for survival

Postby Michael » Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:27 am

Unfortunately, I wouldn't call it "fighting" for survival. They're hardly trying. Those Capes are super picky about their nest sites and super picky about their food. They refuse to adapt and they refuse to accept the help they are being offered. The Cape Parrot project is trying to make protected forests, nest boxes, etc but the Capes aren't making use of it.

http://TrainedParrot.com/Wild_Cape_Parrot
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Re: Capes fighting for survival

Postby Pajarita » Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:56 am

Ay, Michael, I wouldn't say they 'refuse'... it's not something they decide to do or not to do. It's not stubbornness on their part, it's the humans that are at fault, not the birds. Most parrot species are not really good at adaptation so we need to try (fight?) harder, study them more and learn more about their needs so we can then offer them a viable option that they can accept. It was the same thing with the Spixs. They need a specific type of tree for their nests and it needs to be real old and because there were none to be had and nothing could replace them, the birds refused to mate and breed. So they did artificial insemination, put the eggs in incubators and handraised the chicks until, FINALLY, something clicked and things started to get better. But it took years and years to achieve this and, most likely, it will take years and years to get the capes in good shape. Let's not lose hope!

But, aside from that, I want everybody to take note of how important their natural diet is! The bird actually got better from PBFD just eating those little fruits that are their natural diet - is that amazing or what?!
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Re: Capes fighting for survival

Postby Michael » Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:45 am

I don't disagree that it's the human's fault. Unfortunately it is easy to break something but very difficult to fix it. Especially when a Cape Parrot is involved! Believe me.
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Re: Capes fighting for survival

Postby Pajarita » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:39 am

Oh, I agree 100%! We have broken and continue to break nature rules left and right and, sometimes, it's too late to fix the mess we've made - look at the deforestation in the Amazon! Planting trees is good but they need years and years and years to grow...
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