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The historical and current distribution of the Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus). Map based on the distribution map provided for the species in The 2015 Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland (Downs 2015).

The historical and current distribution of the Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus). Map based on the distribution map provided for the species in The 2015 Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland (Downs 2015).

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Technical Report
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The status of the Cape Parrot Poicephalus robustus was re-assessed in 2017 by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) following the recent split from the Brown-necked Parrot P. fuscicollis (subspecies suahelicus and fuscicollis; Coetzer et al. 2015, Collar & Fishpool 2017). The Cape Parrot is endemic to South Africa and is lis...

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... Cape Parrot distribution extends from the forests in the Amatole mountains in the EC, through KZN along the escarpment into Limpopo province in South Africa (Downs 2005a, Figure 1). Its primary habitat is the mosaic of Mistbelt forest patches that are dominated by yellowwood (Podocarpus or Afrocarpus) species (Downs 2005a). ...
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... also historically visited coastal forests in KZN, especially during the summer ( Downs et al. 2019). The current Cape Parrot population consists of three genetically distinct subpopulations; the southern group in the Amatole mountains in the EC, the central group from Engcobo and Mthatha in the EC through to the Midlands in KZN and a disjunct northern group mainly in the Magoebaskloof in Limpopo province (Coetzer et al. 2019) (Figure 1). An analysis by Cooper et. ...
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... Cape Parrots are fed almost entirely on Afrocarpus falcatus endocarps ( Wirminghaus et al. 2001a), and thus it is suspected that breeding seasons are timed to synchronise with peaks in A. falcatus fruit availability. This Action Plan incorporates all known populations in the Eastern Cape, KZN and Limpopo provinces (Figure 1 above). ...