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Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World (Boswell's Correspondence;7;yale Ed.of) Hardcover – March 30, 1998


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  • Series: Boswell's Correspondence;7;yale Ed.of
  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (March 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300074530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300074536
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars.
Joseph J. Hanssen
It illustrates in color paintings every species of parrot and most of the subspecies, a la the Peterson guides.
Frank Paris
I would definitely recommend this book to the serious Parrot collector.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Frank Paris on April 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This review is from the standpoint of a person who keeps parrots as companion birds. Just so you know where I'm coming from. This BOOK however was created primarily for the field identification of parrots in the wild. It illustrates in color paintings every species of parrot and most of the subspecies, a la the Peterson guides. Then it has sections on Identification, voice, Distribution and Status, Ecology, Description, Sex/Age, Measurements, Geographical Variation (races), and References. This is a double-column book that uses 8 point type so there is a phenomenal amount of information within its almost 600 pages. I so fell in love with this book when I saw it that I couldn't resist paying full price even though I knew I'd probably get a substantial discount from Amazon.
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.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Craig S. Harrison on October 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book belongs in the library of any naturalist or bird lover. The plates are wonderful with vivid colors that serve to identify the various species. The text provides concise information on natural history, a map of each species' range in the wild, its conservation status and other information. This book could be used in the field or as a comprehensive reference book on these remarkable birds. The authors must have poured a phenomenal amount of work into researching and writing this book. Buy one for yourself and another for a friend.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Hanssen on April 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is got to be one of the best guide books I have ever seen featuring over 350 different species of parrots on our planet. Being the bird lover that I am, and that includes domestic as well as wild birds, I own almost every book out there on birds, and I really love this edition by Tony Juniper & Mike Parr. It should really be called an encyclopedia because there is just so much information in these almost 600 pages. The 88 superb color illustrations of all the species by 5 different artists are so beautiful & true to life. As you already know by reading the editorial & other reviews, this book includes range maps of the species locations, their vocalizations, life expectancies, and much more fascinating information.
Remember, this is not a book about parrots in captivity, its information about birds in the wild. If you don't own a parrot and are thinking about one, this book is a definite help in learning about all the different species that are out there. The more knowledge you have the better it will be when you do decide to pick out that perfect companion parrot for yourself & family. Owning a companion parrot is a lifetime commitment that shouldn't be taken lightly. I know I researched many months before I found the perfect parrot for us. The love you receive in return from your parrot will amaze you. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. Highly recommended!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laszlo Wagner on November 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was long wondering whether to buy this book or not, but it was well worth getting.
The species accounts are incredibly detailed and it must have been hard work to collect all that data.
I have field experience regarding parrots in Eastern Indonesia, and found this book to be amazingly up to date about the status of species occuring there - so I trust it is similarly accurate about parrots in the rest of the world, too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bordeaux Dogue on April 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
with information that is ( understandably ) very much outdated and without any connection to the present time.

The book is worth its salt ( and possibly the money it costs ) for the outstandingly beautifull paintings of parrot species, but mainly for that purpose.

If you want a similar ( also full of beautifull colour paintings ) book, opt for the Princeton Field Guide on Parrots. Even with some mistakes, it is a much more complete book.

Finally, if you have to get it, get it on paper and not as a Kindle E book!
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