Parrots of the wild: a natural history of the world's most captivating birds.

Parrots of the wild: a natural history of the world's most captivating birds. Catherine A. Toft, Timothy F. Wright.
Parrots of the wild: a natural history of the world's most captivating birds.

Oakland: University of California Press, 2015. Octavo, dustwrapper, colour photographs, illustrations.

This book explores recent scientific discoveries and what they reveal about the lives of wild parrots, which are among the most intelligent and rarest of birds. The authors discuss the evolutionary history of parrots and how this history affects perceptual and cognitive abilities, diet and foraging patterns, and mating and social behavior. The authors also explores conservation status and the various ways different populations are adapting to a world that is rapidly changing. The book focuses on general patterns across the 350-odd species of parrots, as well as what can be learned from interesting exceptions to these generalities. A synthetic account of the diversity and ecology of wild parrots, this book distills knowledge from the authors' own research and from their review of more than 2,400 published scientific studies. The book is enhanced by an array of illustrations, including nearly ninety color photos of wild parrots represented in their natural habitats. Parrots of the Wild melds scientific exploration with features directed at the parrot enthusiast to inform and delight a broad audience.

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