- Gebundene Ausgabe: 584 Seiten
- Verlag: Boswell's Correspondence;7;Yal (1. März 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0300074530
- ISBN-13: 978-0300074536
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,8 x 3,8 x 24,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 160.462 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World (Boswell's Correspondence;7;yale Ed.of) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. März 1998
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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 featur
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This book is about how parrots live in the wild. This is not a book about parrots in captivity in case you own companion parrots. But I've repeatedly found that if you have a knowledge of how your pets live in the wild, this can shed great insight on their behavior in the home, which is perhaps the most important reason I would recommend this book for those keeping parrots as companions.
The paintings are scientifically accurate rather than works of art, although they are attractive enough. The printed quality of the color plates is very high for a book of this nature, but the pictures are small. Typical is the Leadbeater which is about 2". There are only 88 color plates covering 350 species and subspecies (500 illustrations in all), so that gives you an idea of how dense each page is. Typical for a guidebook however.
A very interesting feature of this book is that it gives field conservationist estimates of the total world population of most species. For example, from this book I learned that the published figures in the popular press for Galahs are grossly inflated according to the estimates made by field conservationists. The actual estimated world population is 5,000,000, not 100,000,000 that I'd read elsewhere (Australian government reports?). And the huge shoals number about 1,000, not 100,000 that I'd also read elsewhere.
As for Little Corellas, the world population is estimated to be about 1,000,000. The Long-billed Corella currently has a population of 250,000 and increasing. Ducorps: 100,000 and stable. Umbrella world population: unknown but estimates range from 50,000 to 200,000. Moluccan: estimated at 8,000. Leadbeater: 20,000. Think twice before getting a Moluccan as a companion bird. Perhaps they should be kept in breeding programs for a while. (Can you tell I'm a cockatoo afictionado?)
It needs to be emphasized that the population figures supplied ARE from field conservationists and so are probably very conservative, and will be in disagreement with government reports that might see a particular species as a pest (like Galahs and Little Corellas). The actual numbers are probably somewhere in between but undoubtedly much closer to the figures quoted than the ones we hear of from people who want us to think that nothing is wrong, or that THEY are being wronged (like the farmers in Australia).
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Many will find interesting the introductory chapters on origins and evolutionary relationships, classification, natural history, conservation status, threats, and captive breeding.
The illustrations are attractively rendered and organized logically. In most instances a portrait of the perched bird is accompanied by a portrait of the bird in flight. Adult and immature plumages are usually portrayed, as are significant subspecific variations.
An excellent reference for an instantly recognizable and iconic family of birds.