Parrot culture: our 2500-year-long fascination with the world's most talkative bird.

Parrot culture: our 2500-year-long fascination with the world's most talkative bird. Bruce Thomas Boehrer.

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. Octavo, black and white illustrations, fine copy in dustwrapper.

Traces the unique place held by parrots in the history, culture, society, literature, and even culinary arts of the Western world, beginning with Alexander the Great's return from Persia with a number of parrots. The author identifies the poignant irony in the way parrots became ubiquitous as symbols and mascots, while suffering near extinction at the hands of those who desired them. Exploring their presence and meanings in art, literature, and history of Western civilization, Parrot culture also celebrates the beauty, intelligence, and personality of these birds.
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