Book - Parrots of the Wild: A Natural History of the World's Most Captivating Birds
Author: Catherine A. Toft and Timothy F. Wright
Brand: University of California Press
Number Of Pages: 346
Details: Parrots of the Wild explores recent scientific discoveries and what they reveal about the lives of wild parrots, which are among the most intelligent and rarest of birds. Cathy Toft and Tim Wright 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 discuss the birds' 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 nearly 400 species of parrots, as well as what can be learned from interesting exceptions to these generalities. A riveting 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 colour 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.