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Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World

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This is the first book created primarily for the field identification of parrots, one of the most familiar and colorful groups of birds. From the mighty macaws to the diminutive pygmy parrots, the 350 species of parrots include cockatoos, parakeets, lovebirds, and Budgerigar. Most are brightly colored or even gaudy, but a few are drab, and some are nocturnal and flightless. This book includes 88 superb color illustrations of every species and most identifiable subspecies of parrots, as well as range maps of their...
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Overview

This is the first book created primarily for the field identification of parrots, one of the most familiar and colorful groups of birds. From the mighty macaws to the diminutive pygmy parrots, the 350 species of parrots include cockatoos, parakeets, lovebirds, and Budgerigar. Most are brightly colored or even gaudy, but a few are drab, and some are nocturnal and flightless. This book includes 88 superb color illustrations of every species and most identifiable subspecies of parrots, as well as range maps of their locations. It offers many first-hand insights into the ecology of each species, vocalizations, life cycle characteristics, and geographical variations. It also provides up-to-date information on the conservation status of those species of parrots that are threatened or endangered.
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A resource for identifying the 350 species of parrots in the wild, including cockatoos, parakeets, lovebirds, and Budgerigar. Includes 88 color plates illustrating each species and most identifiable subspecies, referenced to and from the corresponding text and range map. Discusses the ecology, details of appearance emphasizing distinguishing features, vocalizations, life cycle characteristics, geographical variations, and the conservation status of those species that are threatened or endangered. Does not include an identification key. Indexed only by common and scientific names of species and subspecies. Published in conjunction with the American Bird Conservancy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300074536
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Pages: 584
  • Sales rank: 1,035,526
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 1.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Acknowledgements 9
Style and Layout of the Book 11
Origins and Evolutionary Relationships 15
Classification of the Parrots 17
Natural History of the Parrots 20
General Behaviour 20
Distribution 20
Habitat 20
Movements 21
Social Behaviour 22
Diet 23
Breeding 23
Nocturnal Species 25
Conservation Status 26
Extinct Species 26
Threatened Species 27
Threats 31
Habitat Loss 31
Live Bird Trade 32
Introduced Species 34
Persecution and Hunting 35
Storms and Climate Change 36
Captive Breeding 37
Colour Plates 39
Systematic Section 217
Bibliography 557
Index of Scientific and English Names 574
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