Parrots have always captured the imagination of humans thanks to their bright plumage and ability to mimic speech. This beautifully illustrated book on the world’s parrots explores all aspects of their lives, as well as the various parrot families, and showcases beautiful photography from around the world. It will also look at threats facing parrots and conservation issues that are relevant. The text will be serious but also readable and accessible to a wide audience.
The introduction includes sections on feeding, courtship, breeding and adaptations. There is a chapter on each parrot family, from the huge macaws and cockatoos to the diminutive hangingparrots and parrotlets, and including everything from the familiar budgerigar, which is known as a popular family pet around the world, to those species and families with special features, such as the Kea, Burrowing Parrot and Night Parrot. Closing chapters look at parrots and humans (banding, the pet trade, etc), threats and conservation and gives a comprehensive checklist of Parrot species and subspecies.
In short this will be the best and most up to date book of its size available on the subject. It will appeal to all birdwatchers and nature-lovers everywhere, as well as to people who keep parrots as pets, and to the general public as a gift book.(Steve Brookes)
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Author Steve Brookes’s interest in parrots goes back more than 30 years, and he has devoted much of his time to tracking down and photographing as many species as possible in the wild. Over the years through his research and contacts he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge as to where and when to see particular Parrots in the wild. He uses a number of local guides, drivers and boatmen to achieve the best sightings and experiences possible for everyone on his trips. This also helps local economies.
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