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One of the more nonconformist figures in the animal kingdom, the parrot is linked to humans by its ability to speakā€”a trait many have found unsettling, though this discomfort is offset by its gorgeous plumage, which makes it one of the most popular members of the avian family. Unlike previous studies that have treated parrots as simply a curious oddity, Paul Carter offers here in Parrot a thoughtful yet spirited consideration of the natural and cultural history of parrots, discussing parrot portraiture, the role and significance of parrots' mimicry in human culture, and parrot conservation, as well the parrot's role in literature, folklore and mythology, film, and television worldwide.

Parrot takes three different approaches to the squawker: the first section, "Parrotics," examines the historical, cultural, and scientific classification of parrots; "Parroternalia," the second part, looks at the association of parrots with the different languages, ages, tastes, and dreams of society; and, finally, "Parrotology" investigates what the mimicry of parrots reveals about our own systems of communication. Humorously written and wide-ranging in scope, this volume takes readers beyond pirates and "Polly wants a cracker" to a new kind of animal history, one conscious of the critical and ironic mirror parrots hold up to human society.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Sun - Eric Ormsby
"Dazzling. . . .After reading his marvellous book, I think he should be elevated instantly to the cockatoo chair at some prestigious Pollytechnical. . . . Offers an amazingly broad survey of parrots in folklore, mythology, literature, and art, all accompanied by sumptuous illustrations. . . . Passionate and brilliant."
Globe and Mail - Martin Levin
"A lively and lovely series. . . . This delightful series gives us animals as both alien and familiar. . . . An exhilarating, often astonishing and sometimes moving series of monographs."
Times Literary Supplement - Catherine Humble
"Interesting . . . also some curious facts."
Washington Post - Rachel Hartigan Shea
"A true fan who includes his favorite parrot jokes in the index."
Anthrozoos - Patricia K. Anderson
"Humans will continue to be fascinated by parrots, whether as symbol, fantasy, or actual birds, and this book provides much to think about. Parrots, ultimately, is not so much about parrots but about what we can learn about ourselves through a consideration of our interactions with these exotic birds. . . . Most people who have an interest in parrots will want to own this book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861892379
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Reaktion Books - Animal
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Carter is professorial research fellow at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, and the author of Repressed Spaces: The Poetics of Agoraphobia, also published by Reaktion Books.

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Table of Contents

Preface : cage, net, web 7
Introduction : communicating parrots 10
1 Parrotics 23
2 Parroternalia 67
3 Parrotology 135
Timeline 178
Parrot jokes 180
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Cats to RP

    Bluestone- a blue/gray shecat with bright blue eyes
    Icebird- a pure white tom with ice blue eyes
    Rosewhisker- a reddish shecat with leaf green eyes
    Blackfeather- a pure black tom with amber eyes
    (@ mountain echo)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012


    Hello. I have three kits. They are named Amberkit, Icekit and Nightkit. Amberkit has white fur and amber eyes, Icekit is gray with amber eyes, and Nightkit is black with green eyes. We live at bark first result. Will you rp one?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Kit rper

    Still available to rp other kits

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