According to National Geographic, all species of Africa's parrots are now under serious threat from escalating Far East bound trade (Africa is home to the two most traded birds on earth - the grey parrots and Senegal parrot), habitat loss due to deforestation (Africa's deforestation rates are twice that of the rest of the world), agricultural development, climate change, and poor land management practices.

"Cavity-nesting forest specialists like African parrots are particularly sensitive to the selective removal of large hardwoods due to their reliance on these trees for sustenance and nesting opportunities," Dr Steve Boyes, of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, told National Geographic, "[w]e simply do not know how well African parrots are adapting to this rapidly changing continent."

 

"Africa's parrots are charismatic, colourful, and larger than life," Boyes said - "they have found their way into the hearts and minds of private collectors, parrot enthusiasts and aviculturalists around the world. Millions upon millions of African parrots have been removed from the wild over the last 2 years [...] There is no way that African parrot populations that we have studied so far would be able to sustain this constant pressure from the wild-caught bird trade," Boyes says.

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