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Parrots of the World (Princeton Field Guides) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Joseph Michael Forshaw , Frank Knight

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27. September 2010 Princeton Field Guides
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, it covers all 356 species. It features 146 color plates depicting all species and well-differentiated subspecies. It provides detailed facing-page species accounts that describe key identification features, distribution, subspeciation, habitat, and status. It includes color distribution maps Shows where to observe each species in the wild.

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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. -- 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


From the macaws of South America to the cockatoos of Australia, parrots are among the most recognizable, and endangered, birds on earth. But until now, no easy-to-use guide existed for the identification of all species and subspecies of these colorful creatures. Enter "Parrots of the World", the most comprehensive handbook for distinguishing some 350 species of parrots from across the globe. Lavishly illustrated, with more than 120 color plates and additional illustrations, the book covers parrots in homes, zoos, and in the wild, providing detailed descriptions of their key identifying features. By allowing readers to easily narrow their search to specific geographic areas, the book will prove especially useful to those interested in parrots of a particular locale. Descriptive distribution maps show the geographic location of the different species, and an entire section is devoted to ecological and behavioral information relevant to identification. In addition, the guide differentiates Old World and New World species and points out significant sex or age differences in plumage coloration.

"Parrots of the World" will provide enormous help to those engaged in gathering important field data and monitoring international trade, two initiatives that are of critical importance to the conservation of parrots worldwide. Clear, complete, and colorful, this is one guidebook that no museum, research institution, zoo, or bird enthusiast will want to be without. Key features are: easy-to-use, geographic guide; treats some 350 species; color distribution maps for all species; and lavishly illustrated, with more than 120 color plates and additional illustrations. It includes ecological and behavioral information. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen New Forshaw 10. April 2007
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A gorgeous book. More usable than the previous edition: physically smaller (still a coffee-table book, but lighter & smaller - binding should hold up now), much more up to date, no more hunting for pictures. Downsides: text refers to color plates but color plates don't refer back to text, and a short bibliography (<100 cites. It does cite the previous edition and Juniper & Parr, each with over 700 cites, but you'd need those to track references). Compared to Juniper & Parr's Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, it's cheaper, more recent and better for phylogeny; but has less information about each species and doesn't cite references for each species. The larger size allows an elegant layout but makes it a poor field guide.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great but not flawless 25. März 2011
Von Duncan Maxwell - Veröffentlicht auf
This is certainly the best parrot guide I've ever seen, the result of a great deal of expertise and talent. The illustrations are clear, and for many species the bird is shown from the top and bottom to aid identification. Where birds vary in appearance by sex this is shown, and in most cases it seems the different subspecies are shown as well. This is particularly pleasing in the case of the Rainbow Lorikeet, the multiple highly variable subspecies of which are treated over six pages (including three plates). Similar looking species are lumped together and the illustration quality makes it clear what to look for to tell them apart. The maps are generallly good with each map using separate colours to mark the separate ranges of the subspecies.

There are, unfortunately, flaws. The common names used follow earlier editions, with a seeming preference for avicultural names over those used by birdwatchers and the various ornithological organisations. While this is the perogative of the writers, it would have been helpful to include commonly used alternatives either in the text or in the index. Additionally the taxonomy used seems somewhat out of date for a book just published. It's been ten years since Boon (2001) showed that the Norfolk and New Caledonian Parakeets were not only distinct from the Red-fronted Parakeet (actually the Red-crowned Parakeet, but never mind) but actually basal to the entire genus, yet they are still lumped in that species in this new edition. Similarly the Chatham Parakeet should be treated as very distinct from the Yellow-crowned Parakeet, but isn't. In some instances these splits are alluded to in the text (as they are for the Chathams Parakeet), but this isn't consistently done (for example in the case of teh Ouvea Parakeet from the Horned Parakeet).

These are essentially niggles. The problem with these kinds of work is that the closer you get to perfection the more glaring these small problems become. This is still an excellent book that I don't regret purchasing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Parrots of the World: An Identification Guide by Joseph M. Forshaw 4. Januar 2007
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The Parrots of the World: An Identification Guide by Joseph M. Forshaw is an excellant book that shows beautiful color pictures of the Parrots, tells where the Parrots are from with a colored map of the area they are originally from in the wild. Also the book tells in detail the color and size of the Parrots. I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in recognizing the different Parrots.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great, Informative, Complete Book!!! 31. August 2012
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This book was a really great find. In the introduction, you learn tons about parrots, habitats, diet, etc. The color plates are beautifully illustrated and complete with information and range maps. The information and paintings are crisp and precise; very easy to understand. Parrots of the World isn't too big, so you can take it anywhere, and read it everywhere without it being a pain. It covers every single parrot in the world, even extinct ones!I loved this book, and any bird lover will, too.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Kindle edition has poor images. Disappointed. 25. März 2011
Von nature boy - Veröffentlicht auf
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In late February 2011, I was working away from home in Southern California and I kept seeing parrots. I opted for the convenience of the Kindle edition. It is handy carrying around books in your pocket but I wish that the editors would have taken a wee bit more care in making certain the plates and the maps were crisp. I mean the names can be read but by no means crisp. And plumage details like eyering color are difficult to discern. Likewise, details on the maps are completely obscured and difficult to read. Buyer beware. I give it a hesitant thumbs up but only because of the convenience.
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