Publisher New Holland, 2018, Hardback 176 pages
Parrots have always captured the imagination of humans. This beautifully illustrated book on the world’s parrots explores all aspects of their lives, as well as the threats facing them. It showcases beautiful photography from around the world and has a chapter on each parrot family, from the huge macaws and cockatoos to the diminutive hanging-parrots and parrotlets.
Publisher New Holland, 2018, Hardback 176 pages
|Dimensions||25 x 22.5 cm|
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.
Puffins are among the most instantly recognisable, iconic and well loved of birds. For many they are a highlight of the UK’s summer coastline and their colourful appearance, comedy antics and approachability just add to their popularity. Several ‘hotspots’ are attracting high levels of interest in visits to their colonies. In spite of the high level of interest in, and appeal of, these birds there has been a surprising lack of books focused on Puffins as a species.
Award-winning wildlife photographer Mark Sisson has spent several years photographing Puffins and this book combines images that beautifully encapsulate their charm and visual appeal with an accessible text written by leading wildlife writer Dominic Couzens. The book covers the birds’ life cycle, behaviour, habitats and the current and future challenges that they face, along with many surprising facts and anecdotes.
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.
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.