Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Cape Parrot - close to extinction

Another example of charismatic megafauna (i.e., animals and birds we notice) in critical danger of extinction.  Now, there are likely lots of rare rainforest frogs and insects, and hundreds, if not thousands, of plant species nearing the brink or over it, but we notice the bigger things more easily.  I recently mentioned the leatherback turtle, have previously noticed the fairly official disappearance of the Yangtze river dolphin, and now I find out about a bird I never heard of before, the South African cape parrot, which is extremely rare.  Mainly because of drastic loss of its forest habitat home.

It would be really great if the President of the World could chart a realistic human reduction plan that would get us back down safely to a billion or so in 100 years, but I don't think that's going to happen.  But it sure would be nice if we could share the planet a bit more equitably with its other inhabitants.

First ever footage of Africa's rarest parrot in high forest canopy

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