Browsing: Birdlife


Rare bird spotted along South Africa’s West Coast

A red-billed oxpecker has been hanging around South Africa’s West Coast in the Koeberg Nature Reserve near Melkbosstrand for just over two months now. It is a mystery how it ended up in this fynbos habitat as red-billed oxpeckers do not occur in the Western Cape, the Free State and most of the arid regions of South Africa.

Featured Cape parrot in a tree

The Cape parrot, in true parrot-fashion

The Cape parrot is found only in South Africa and is currently listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. Until recently, the Cape parrot was considered a sister species with the grey-headed parrot (Poicephalus fuscicollis). However, Cape parrots are now considered a unique species, Poicephalus robustus.

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