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Parrots of the World

Parrots of the World

Illustrated by Frank Knight
Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 336
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    Parrots of the World
    Book Description:

    From the macaws of South America to the cockatoos of Australia, parrots are among the most beautiful and exotic birds in the world--and also among the most endangered. This stunningly illustrated, easy-to-use field guide covers all 356 species and well-differentiated subspecies of parrots, and is the only guide organized by geographical distribution--Australasian, Afro-Asian, and neotropical. It features 146 superb color plates depicting every kind of parrot, as well as detailed, facing-page species accounts that describe key identification features, distribution, subspeciation, habitat, and status. Color distribution maps show ranges of all subspecies, and field identification is further aided by relevant upperside and underside flight images. This premier field guide also shows where to observe each species in the wild, helping make this the most comprehensive and user-friendly guide to the parrots of the world.

    The only parrot guide to focus on geographical distributionCovers all 356 speciesFeatures 146 color plates depicting all species and well-differentiated subspeciesProvides detailed facing-page species accounts that describe key identification features, distribution, subspeciation, habitat, and statusIncludes color distribution mapsShows where to observe each species in the wild

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-3620-8
    Subjects: Zoology, Biological Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-4)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 5-5)
    (pp. 6-7)
    (pp. 8-9)
    Joseph M. Forshaw
    (pp. 10-14)
    (pp. 15-20)

    Few groups of birds are more easily recognized by even the most casual observer than the parrots, and this is due largely to the universal popularity of some species as pets, most notably the BudgerigarMelopsittacus undulatusand the CockatielNymphicus hollandicus. The most conspicuous external feature making all species easily recognizable as parrots is the short, blunt bill with a downcurved upper mandible fitting neatly over a broad, upturned lower mandible. Also prominent is the zygodactylous foot with two toes pointing forward and two turned backward. Other less obvious characteristics include the proportionately large, broad head and short neck,...

  7. Parrots in the Australasian Distribution (Plates 1–62)
    (pp. 22-145)

    Unmistakable; no colored tail-band; prominent crest; enormous bill; red naked face; sexes alike, JUV with yellow barring on underside; loudkeer-eeeowwhistle, and harshraark. Rainforest and adjacent woodland; pairs or small groups. DISTRIBUTION New Guinea and adjacent islands, and northernmost Queensland, Australia; up to 1350m; declining, CITES I. SUBSPECIES three poorly differentiated and one distinctive subspecies. 1.P. a. aterrimussmaller size.RangeAru Islands and Misool in western Papuan Islands, Indonesia. 2.P. a. macgillivrayilarger thanaterrimus.Rangesouthern New Guinea, between Fly and Balim Rivers, and Cape York Peninsula, northernmost Queensland, Australia. 3.P. a. goliath...

  8. Parrots in the Afro-Asian Distribution (Plates 63–76)
    (pp. 146-173)

    Larger of two similar all-brownish parrots with long, rounded tail; sexes alike, JUV resembles adults; prolongedpee-aw, raucouskraaar,cho-cho-chi-chi-chisong. Most wooded habitats, favoring less dense forest and brush than C.nigra; noisy and gregarious; normally small flocks, but large flocks at nighttime roost and food source; feeds in trees and on ground; tame; active on moonlit nights; corvid-like flight with flapping wingbeats. DISTRIBUTION Madagascar and Comoro Islands; up to 1000m; common. SUBSPECIES three slightly differentiated subspecies. 1. C.v. vasadark grayish brown; undertail-coverts gray streaked black; breeding ♀ without feathers on head exposing orange-yellow skin.Rangeeastern...

  9. Parrots in the Neotropical Distribution (Plates 77–144)
    (pp. 174-309)

    Unmistakable; larger of two blue macaws with massive black bill, yellow bare eye-ring and lappet at base of lower mandible, and long, strongly graduated tail. A third species—Glaucous Macaw A.glaucusfrom Río Paraguay region—now extinct (see plate 146). Differentiated from smaller A.leariby narrower, crescent-shaped lappet encircling base of lower mandible; sexes alike, JUV paler yellow eye-ring and lappet; discordantkraaa-aaa, shrillkraa-eekraa-ee. Open woodland and gallery forest with palm trees; pairs, family trios, small flocks; feeds mainly on palm nuts taken in trees and on ground; attracted to recently burned areas where palm nuts split...

  10. Extinct or Presumed Extinct Parrots (Plates 145–146)
    (pp. 310-313)

    Midsized black-capped, brown-backed parrot with red “wing-patch” in both sexes; ♂ with red frontal band; JUV like ♀. DISTRIBUTION Formerly central-eastern Australia; last recorded 1927.

    Midsized olive-green parrot with black forehead, scarlet lores and stripe to behind eye, and dark red rump. DISTRIBUTION Formerly Tahiti, Society Islands; last recorded 1844.

    Midsized parrot with brownish-black head, olive-brown upperparts, olive-yellow underparts, and dark red rump. DISTRIBUTION Formerly Raiatea, Society Islands; discovered and last recorded 1773

    Midsized long-tailed green parrot with red “shoulder-patch”; ♂ with black band across lower cheeks and narrow black collar on hindneck, absent in ♀ and JUV; large red...

    (pp. 314-319)
    (pp. 320-328)