Sunday, November 11, 2007

Meyer’s Parrot Project

Meyer's Parrot feeding young, from Steve Boyes' blog

The web site of the World Parrot Trust recently featured an entry by University of KwaZulu-Natal PhD student Steve Boyes about field research begun in the Okavango in 2007 to study the Meyer's Parrot in the wild. The field camp is on Vundumtiki Island in the Maunachira Channel in the north-eastern Okavango Delta, in the Kwedi Concession (NG22/23). Botswana government researcher Zenzele Mpofu has been involved with the associated Okavango Cavity Nesting Project. The goal of the research is to answer questions as to why this parrot, with a distribution extending from South Africa to northern Sudan, is so successful in the changing context on the African continent. You can find the report of observations made during the 2007 breeding season online or in HOORC's Library.

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