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Parrots of the wild: a natural history of the world’s most captivating birds.Artist/Author: Toft, Catherine A. and Timothy F. Wright.
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.
Pigeons and doves in Australia.Artist/Author: Forshaw, Joseph M. and William T. Cooper.
This is a reprint that uses a heavier paper stock and includes an In Memoriam celebrating the life of artist William T. Cooper (1934-2015).
In 1973 Joseph Forshaw and William Cooper published to great acclaim their first collaboration, Parrots of the World (Lansdowne 1973). This was the start of the most successful author/artist partnership for twentieth century bird books and all their books are highly sought after in the secondary market. Pigeons and Doves is Forshaw and Cooper’s final project and the illustrations are some of William Cooper’s best. Thirty-one species of pigeons and doves found in Australia are illustrated with a full page plate and the book is illustrated throughout with study sketches and smaller coloured drawings. You can watch a short video of William Cooper talking about painting and this book by visiting our website and using the SERVICES link at the bottom of the home page.
The Passenger pigeon.Artist/Author: Fuller, Errol.
At the start of the nineteenth century, Passenger pigeons were perhaps the most abundant birds on the planet, numbering literally in the billions. The flocks were so large and so dense that they blackened the skies, even blotting out the sun for days at a stretch. Yet by the end of the century, the most common bird in North America had vanished from the wild. In 1914, the last known representative of her species, Martha, died in a cage at the Cincinnati Zoo. This stunningly illustrated book tells the astonishing story of North America’s Passenger pigeon, a bird species that, like the Tyrannosaur, the Mammoth, and the Dodo, has become one of the great icons of extinction. Errol Fuller describes how these fast, agile, and handsomely plumaged birds were immortalized by the ornithologist and painter John James Audubon, and captured the imagination of writers such as James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain. He shows how widespread deforestation, the demand for cheap and plentiful pigeon meat, and the indiscriminate killing of Passenger Pigeons for sport led to their catastrophic decline. Fuller provides an evocative memorial to a bird species that was once so important to the ecology of North America, and reminds us of just how fragile the natural world can be. Published in the centennial year of Martha’s death, The Passenger Pigeon features rare archival images as well as haunting photos of live birds.
A feathered river across the sky: the Passenger pigeon’s flight to extinction.Artist/Author: Greenberg, Joel.
In the early nineteenth century as many as 40 percent of North America’s birds were Passenger pigeons, travelling in flocks so massive as to block out the sun for hours or even days. Although a billion pigeons streamed over Toronto in May of 1860, little more than fifty years later passenger pigeons were extinct, with the last of the species, Martha, dying in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. Here, Greenberg relates in gripping detail, the pigeons’ propensity to nest, roost, and fly together in vast numbers and how this made them vulnerable to unremitting market and recreational hunting. The spread of railroads and telegraph lines created national markets that allowed the birds to be pursued relentlessly. Passenger pigeons inspired awe in the likes of Audubon, Henry David Thoreau, James Fenimore Cooper, and others, but no serious effort was made to protect the species until it was too late. Greenberg’s beautifully written story of the Passenger pigeon provides a cautionary tale of what happens when species and natural resources are not harvested sustainably.
The global pigeon.Artist/Author: Jerolmack, Colin.
The pigeon is the quintessential city bird. Domesticated thousands of years ago as a messenger and a source of food, its presence on our sidewalks is so common that people consider the bird a nuisance, if they notice it at all. Yet pigeons are also kept for pleasure, sport, and profit by people all over the world, from the pigeon wars waged by breeding enthusiasts in the skies over Brooklyn to the Million Dollar Pigeon Race held every year in South Africa.
Drawing on more than three years of fieldwork across three continents, Colin Jerolmack traces our complex and often contradictory relationship with these versatile animals in public spaces such as Venices Piazza San Marco and Londons Trafalgar Square and in working-class and immigrant communities of pigeon breeders in New York and Berlin. By exploring what he calls the social experience of animals, Jerolmack shows how our interactions with pigeons offer surprising insights into city life, community, culture, and politics. Also available in hardcover [stock id 35134].
On a wing and a prayer: the story of a Carnaby’s cockatoo family.Artist/Author: De Barros, Leighton.
A wonderful introduction to bird behaviour for younger readers. Witness the parents’ unique nest-selection behaviour, see their elaborate courtship, and revel in the miracle of new life as the first chic breaks through the shell. Much depends on the chick’s survival but life at the hollow is tough with many threats including hyperthermia, starvation and predators. While the female tries to protect her precious offspring, the male risks predation, exhaustion and road traffic accidents to find food for his family in a depleted natural habitat. Much is against them, but will the chic fledge successfully to add vital numbers to a still decreasing population?
The Dodo and the Solitaire: a natural history.Artist/Author: Parish, Jolyon C.
A comprehensive book about these two famously extinct birds. It contains all the known contemporary accounts and illustrations of the dodo and solitaire, covering their history after extinction and discussing their ecology, classification, phylogenetic placement, and evolution. Both birds were large and flightless and lived on inhabited islands some 500 miles east of Madagascar. The first recorded descriptions of the dodo were provided by Dutch sailors who first encountered them in 1598 – within 100 years, the dodo was extinct. So quickly did the bird disappear that there is insufficient evidence to form an entirely accurate picture of its appearance and ecology, and the absence has led to much speculation. The story of the dodo, like that of the solitaire, has been pieced together from fragments, both literary and physical, that have been carefully compiled and examined in this extraordinary volume.
Parrots: a guide to parrots of the world.Artist/Author: Juniper, Tony, Mike Parr et al.
This is the first book dedicated primarily to the field identification of parrots. It covers 350 species, including cockatoos, parakeets, lovebirds and budgerigars. As well as detailed identification and distributional data, it provides information on their conservation status (a fifth of the world’s parrots are on the threatened list), vocalisations, life cycle characteristics and geographical variation.
Pigeon.Artist/Author: Allen, Barbara.
Reaktion Animal Series. An exploration of the natural and cultural history of the pigeon, and the evolution of its relationship with humanity through the ages. Written out of love and fascination with a humble yet important bird, “Pigeon” relates its cultural significance, as well as its similarities and differences to its close counterpart, the dove. While the dove is seen as a symbol of love, peace, and goodwill, the pigeon is commonly perceived as filthy and ill-mannered, a ‘rat with wings’. To say the least, the pigeon has a bad reputation, but Barbara Allen offers several examples of the bird’s importance – from a source of food and fertilizer, and a bearer of messages during times of war; to a pollution monitor and an aid to Charles Darwin in his pivotal research on evolutionary theory. She goes on to connect pigeons and doves with writers and poets from Shakespeare, Dickens, and Browning, to Beatrix Potter, Proust and I. B. Singer, who she shows have all celebrated the birds’ beauty and attributes.
Readers will find in “Pigeon” an enticing exploration of the historical and contemporary bonds between humans and these two unique and closely-related birds, bonds which have been in existence since their domestication over 3,000 years ago. Allen intends to correct the many stereotypes about pigeons and doves with hopes that the rich history of the relationship and the acknowledgement of what is one of the oldest human-animal partnerships will be both admired and celebrated.
Manual of parrot behavior.Artist/Author: Luescher, Andrew., editor.
This authoritative reference, the first of its kind, is a necessary addition to the library of any practitioner or behaviorist who sees avain companion animals. Because of their beauty, intelligence, playfulness and ability in mimicry, parrots are the most widely kept companion birds. It is estimated that more than half of the psittacine cases presented to clinicians are the result of behavioral problems-problems inherent to captivity.Bringing together a host of international experts on avian behavior, “Manual of Parrot Behavior” explores the many facets of psittacine behavior, both normal and abnormal. The book not only provides readers with a solid understanding of the basic principles of psittacine behavior but also offers useful techniques of diagnosis and treatment for specific problems. It covers both normal and abnormal parrot behavior. It offers practical techniques on diagnosis and treatment of behavior problems. it is written by a team of international experts on avian behavior. It is a necessary addition to the library of any practitioner of behaviorist who sees avian companion animals.
Solitaire: the Dodo of Rodrigues Island.Artist/Author: Grihault, Alan.
About 43 million years ago, a flock of pigeons from a distant island in the northern Indian Ocean parted company and flew off in different directions. Eventually some of these birds ended up on Mauritius and became known as Dodos, while others flew to the tiny island of Rodrigues and became Solitaires. Although the birds shared a common ancestor and had a similar history and fate, the remoteness of Rodrigues sheltered the Solitaire from the rest of the world, so that, unlike the Dodo, it is largely unknown even today.
A few eyewitness accounts of this elegant bird were recorded and have survived over time, providing us with detailed information about its appearance and behaviour. This book examines these accounts, alongside various other journals, artists’ impressions, rare drawings and scientific research, to paint a comprehensive portrait of the Solitaire.
The story of the Solitaire begins against the backdrop of an idyllic, densely forested and uninhabited island. Many thousands of years later, man’s arrival on the island and its ensuing negative impact contributed, within just 100 years, to the Solitaire’s extinction.
This unique and beautifully illustrated book allows the reader to go back in time to see how the Solitaire lived and died, to trace what happened following its extinction, and to discover how the resulting scientific evidence has enabled a greater understanding of this fascinating bird.
Parrot culture: our 2500-year-long fascination with the world’s most talkative bird.Artist/Author: Boehrer, Bruce Thomas.
Traces the unique place held by parrots in the history, culture, society, literature, and even culinary arts of the Western world, beginning with Alexander the Great’s return from Persia with a number of parrots. The author identifies the poignant irony in the way parrots became ubiquitous as symbols and mascots, while suffering near extinction at the hands of those who desired them. Exploring their presence and meanings in art, literature, and history of Western civilization, Parrot culture also celebrates the beauty, intelligence, and personality of these birds.