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Parrots of the World
     

Parrots of the World

by Joseph M. Forshaw
 

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From the macaws of South America to the cockatoos of Australia, parrots are among the most beautiful and exotic birds in the world—and also among the most endangered. This stunningly illustrated, easy-to-use field guide covers all 356 species and well-differentiated subspecies of parrots, and is the only guide organized by geographical

Overview

From the macaws of South America to the cockatoos of Australia, parrots are among the most beautiful and exotic birds in the world—and also among the most endangered. This stunningly illustrated, easy-to-use field guide covers all 356 species and well-differentiated subspecies of parrots, and is the only guide organized by geographical distribution—Australasian, Afro-Asian, and neotropical. It features 146 superb color plates depicting every kind of parrot, as well as detailed, facing-page species accounts that describe key identification features, distribution, subspeciation, habitat, and status. Color distribution maps show ranges of all subspecies, and field identification is further aided by relevant upperside and underside flight images. This premier field guide also shows where to observe each species in the wild, helping make this the most comprehensive and user-friendly guide to the parrots of the world.

  • The only parrot guide to focus on geographical distribution
  • Covers all 356 species
  • Features 146 color plates depicting all species and well-differentiated subspecies
  • Provides detailed facing-page species accounts that describe key identification features, distribution, subspeciation, habitat, and status
  • Includes color distribution maps
  • Shows where to observe each species in the wild

Editorial Reviews

Newsletter of the World Parrot Trust
Praise for Joseph M. Forshaw's Parrots of the World: An Identification Guide: "This is a very valuable reference text.
— Roger Wilkinson
Auk
Praise for Joseph M. Forshaw's Parrots of the World: An Identification Guide: "By far the most comprehensive and illustrative handbook for distinguishing all 350 extant species of psittacines in the world. . . . An essential tool.
Birdfreak.com
Provides an interesting look into the diversity of one of the most well-known families of birds and also some of the most rare and beautiful species on the planet.
Flying Mullet
This guide is a must-have for any parrot lover or bird enthusiast.
— Eva Matthews
Biological Ramblings
One major highlight of this book for me is the treatment of subspecies. Ranges of all subspecies are depicted on the maps and all are briefly described in the text, and many subspecies receive their own illustrations. . . . This is an excellent reference for anyone interested in general parrot diversity.
— Nicholas Sly
Choice
Noted Australian ornithologist Forshaw has designed this new work to be more useful in the field. It features paintings and text allowing identification of 356 species. Subspecies are also illustrated and discussed, adding immensely to the value of the book. . . . It is the best book on the market for those who want to view and identify parrots in the wild. . . .
Wildlife Activist
Although there are other books on the parrots of the world, this guide is, in my opinion, the easiest to use. It would make a fine addition to anyone's library.
— Fritz Brock
Ornitological Neotropical
Those working in markets, museums, border inspection, aviculture, etc., will find the guide sufficiently small and portable that they will be comfortable taking it along to compare directly with individual birds to be identified. As a result, Forshaw's 2010 Parrots of the World accomplishes its stated goal of providing the best available option for those needing to reliably identify parrots either in the wild, the museum or captivity.
— Donald J. Brightsmith
About.com
Colorful, well-organized and amazingly detailed, Parrots of the World is a grand book for any birder to browse, whether they are interested in their local parrots, exotic species or just birds they hope to add to their life list one day.
— Melissa Mayntz
Flying Mullet - Eva Matthews
This guide is a must-have for any parrot lover or bird enthusiast.
Biological Ramblings - Nicholas Sly
One major highlight of this book for me is the treatment of subspecies. Ranges of all subspecies are depicted on the maps and all are briefly described in the text, and many subspecies receive their own illustrations. . . . This is an excellent reference for anyone interested in general parrot diversity.
Wildlife Activist - Fritz Brock
Although there are other books on the parrots of the world, this guide is, in my opinion, the easiest to use. It would make a fine addition to anyone's library.
Ornitological Neotropical - Donald J. Brightsmith
Those working in markets, museums, border inspection, aviculture, etc., will find the guide sufficiently small and portable that they will be comfortable taking it along to compare directly with individual birds to be identified. As a result, Forshaw's 2010 Parrots of the World accomplishes its stated goal of providing the best available option for those needing to reliably identify parrots either in the wild, the museum or captivity.
About.com - Melissa Mayntz
Colorful, well-organized and amazingly detailed, Parrots of the World is a grand book for any birder to browse, whether they are interested in their local parrots, exotic species or just birds they hope to add to their life list one day.
From the Publisher
"Provides an interesting look into the diversity of one of the most well-known families of birds and also some of the most rare and beautiful species on the planet."Birdfreak.com

"This guide is a must-have for any parrot lover or bird enthusiast."—Eva Matthews, Flying Mullet

"One major highlight of this book for me is the treatment of subspecies. Ranges of all subspecies are depicted on the maps and all are briefly described in the text, and many subspecies receive their own illustrations. . . . This is an excellent reference for anyone interested in general parrot diversity."—Nicholas Sly, Biological Ramblings

"Noted Australian ornithologist Forshaw has designed this new work to be more useful in the field. It features paintings and text allowing identification of 356 species. Subspecies are also illustrated and discussed, adding immensely to the value of the book. . . . It is the best book on the market for those who want to view and identify parrots in the wild."Choice

"Although there are other books on the parrots of the world, this guide is, in my opinion, the easiest to use. It would make a fine addition to anyone's library."—Fritz Brock, Wildlife Activist

"Those working in markets, museums, border inspection, aviculture, etc., will find the guide sufficiently small and portable that they will be comfortable taking it along to compare directly with individual birds to be identified. As a result, Forshaw's 2010 Parrots of the World accomplishes its stated goal of providing the best available option for those needing to reliably identify parrots either in the wild, the museum or captivity."—Donald J. Brightsmith, Ornitological Neotropical

"Colorful, well-organized and amazingly detailed, Parrots of the World is a grand book for any birder to browse, whether they are interested in their local parrots, exotic species or just birds they hope to add to their life list one day."—Melissa Mayntz, About.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691142852
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/27/2010
Series:
Princeton Field Guides Series
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
655,916
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph M. Forshaw is one of Australias foremost ornithologists and a world-renowned expert on parrots. His books include "Parrots of the World: An Identification Guide" (Princeton). Frank Knight has been an illustrator for three decades, producing artwork for scientific papers, books, and lectures. His books include "The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia".

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