Knitted Birds
Photo Credit: Cape Parrot Project

Thanks to the women of Ukuthunga Handmade, knitted birds are making a difference for the Cape Parrot—South Africa’s only endemic parrot!


Mpumalanga, South Africa (15 March 2024) — The Cape Parrot Project has many big hopes for 2024 and lots of helpers and heroes working very hard to help those hopes take off. Amid the people working behind the scenes, are the the incredible women of Ukuthunga Handmade and their knitted birds that are making a difference.

The Cape Parrot Project is an ever-growing conservation effort part of the Wild Bird Trust that, since 2009, has solidified its place as champion of the Cape Parrot’s future—South Africa’s only endemic parrot. In fact, this parrot is so South African, its aesthetic is an incredible green and gold coincidence!

But the bird species faces a huge challenge, given its endangered status. Navigating the plight takes many thoughtful and impactful threads, which is why efforts like those of Ukuthunga Handmade are as important as they are.

The women of the non-profit community organisation are behind the Cape Parrot Project’s knitted birds. Sixty women from Mpumalanga communities are providers thanks to their crocheting talents as the hands that make beautiful crochet creations—like the Project’s ‘knitties’.

When the crochet parrots are purchased, this helps fund the Cape Parrot’s work!

Beyond birds, the women part of Ukuthunga Handmade are no strangers to incredibly adorable wildlife knits—from lions to giraffes and even the tiny tooth mouse.

You can check out the knitted birds here, and be a part of the community rallying behind the Cape Parrot Project. Or, if you’re looking to help out in another way, you can support the Project’s dream to plant 10,000 trees here. 

Sources: Cape Parrot Project; Ukuthunga Handmade
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Ashleigh Nefdt is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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