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Parrots of the World (Princeton Field Guides) Paperback – October 17, 2010
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"This guide is a must-have for any parrot lover or bird enthusiast."--Eva Matthews, Flying Mullet
"One major highlight of this book for me is the treatment of subspecies. Ranges of all subspecies are depicted on the maps and all are briefly described in the text, and many subspecies receive their own illustrations. . . . This is an excellent reference for anyone interested in general parrot diversity."--Nicholas Sly, Biological Ramblings
"Noted Australian ornithologist Forshaw has designed this new work to be more useful in the field. It features paintings and text allowing identification of 356 species. Subspecies are also illustrated and discussed, adding immensely to the value of the book. . . . It is the best book on the market for those who want to view and identify parrots in the wild."--Choice
"Although there are other books on the parrots of the world, this guide is, in my opinion, the easiest to use. It would make a fine addition to anyone's library."--Fritz Brock, Wildlife Activist
"Those working in markets, museums, border inspection, aviculture, etc., will find the guide sufficiently small and portable that they will be comfortable taking it along to compare directly with individual birds to be identified. As a result, Forshaw's 2010 Parrots of the World accomplishes its stated goal of providing the best available option for those needing to reliably identify parrots either in the wild, the museum or captivity."--Donald J. Brightsmith, Ornitological Neotropical
"Colorful, well-organized and amazingly detailed, Parrots of the World is a grand book for any birder to browse, whether they are interested in their local parrots, exotic species or just birds they hope to add to their life list one day."--Melissa Mayntz, About.com
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There are, unfortunately, flaws. The common names used follow earlier editions, with a seeming preference for avicultural names over those used by birdwatchers and the various ornithological organisations. While this is the perogative of the writers, it would have been helpful to include commonly used alternatives either in the text or in the index. Additionally the taxonomy used seems somewhat out of date for a book just published. It's been ten years since Boon (2001) showed that the Norfolk and New Caledonian Parakeets were not only distinct from the Red-fronted Parakeet (actually the Red-crowned Parakeet, but never mind) but actually basal to the entire genus, yet they are still lumped in that species in this new edition. Similarly the Chatham Parakeet should be treated as very distinct from the Yellow-crowned Parakeet, but isn't. In some instances these splits are alluded to in the text (as they are for the Chathams Parakeet), but this isn't consistently done (for example in the case of teh Ouvea Parakeet from the Horned Parakeet).Read more ›
The painted plates, just by themselves, are well deserving of the purchase, such is their artistry.
A must have Guide to all who love the curved beak folk; EVEN IF WE HAVE TO GO OVER SOME MISTAKES ( and there are some....)
Glad us europeans cannot get it on Kindle ( I would have, otherwise ), because the beauty of the book must surely get lost on an E reader.
Some of the reviews placed here SEEM to address not the Princeton Field Guide but rather the Forshaw & Knight identification guide (part of the Helm Identification Guide series). Unfortunately, I don't have that volume, but almost certainly it is more likely to induce rave reviews ("best parrot book") than is this Princeton Field Guide. The concept of a field guide devoted to such a large and cosmopolitan family of birds is to my mind puzzling. By definition a field guide is intended for use in the field, usually by birders (or birdwatchers, depending on your terminological preference) matching up a bird encountered with descriptions and illustrations of birds that might fit the bill. Most such guides depict the species known to occur in a specific region or locality (the birds of North America, the Birds of Costa Rica, etc.). It's inconceivable that a birder would fill his pouch with guides covering each family of birds likely to be encountered; in fact, such an approach would be at this time impossible.
The illustrations certainly merit praise, and the species accounts when combined with the genus accounts offer a reasonably good insight helpful in determining species ID. The accounts are concise, as would be expected in a field guide. If a birder decides to embark on a worldwide pursuit of parrots (and only parrots), this book will be among the guides to be brought into the field. But most birders will opt for a guide devoted to all of the bird families (and species therein) associated with the place.
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Finally an incredible field guide dedicated to the most incredible, elegant, and beautiful birds on the planet : parrots. I love this book from cover to cover. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you're looking for feather detail on the various parrots, this is your reference!Published 16 months ago by Nancy Howard