Parrots of the Wild: A Natural History of the World?s Most Captivating Birds by Catherine A. ToftParrots of the Wild: A Natural History of the World?s Most Captivating Birds by Catherine A. Toft

Parrots of the Wild: A Natural History of the World?s Most Captivating Birds

byCatherine A. Toft, Timothy F. Wright

Hardcover | November 16, 2015

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"Parrots of the Wild is an exhaustive compendium of information about parrots, from their evolutionary history to their behavior to present-day conservation issues. A must-have for anyone interested in these amazing creatures." —Irene M. Pepperberg, Professor at Harvard University and author of Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process

"If you like parrots then you'll love this book. From their evolutionary past to their modern-day love lives, Parrots of the Wild presents a suitably captivating read. I thought I knew a lot about parrots--until I delved into these pages." —Tony Juniper, author of What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? and Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird


Parrots of the Wild explores recent scientific discoveries and what they reveal about the lives of wild parrots, which are among the most intelligent and rarest of birds. Catherine A. Toft and Tim Wright 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 discuss 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.
Catherine A. Toft was Professor Emerita in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis at the time of her death in December 2011. She was coeditor of Parasite-Host Associations: Coexistence or Conflict?Timothy F. Wright is Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at New Mexico State University...
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Title:Parrots of the Wild: A Natural History of the World?s Most Captivating BirdsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:346 pages, 10 × 7 × 1 inPublished:November 16, 2015Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520239253

ISBN - 13:9780520239258

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Table of Contents

Foreword by James D. Gilardi
Preface and Acknowledgments

PART I: The World of Parrots: Introducing the Psittaciformes
1. What Are the Parrots and Where Did They Come From? The Evolutionary History of the Parrots

PART II: The Functional Parrot: Physiology, Morphology, and Behavior
2. The Thriving Parrot: The Foods and Beaks of Parrots
3. The Sensible Parrot: How Parrots Perceive and Use Information
4. The Thinking Parrot: The Brains of Parrots and How They Use Them

PART III: The Lives of Parrots: Mating, Life History, and Populations
5. Sex and Marriage: The Mating Systems of Parrots
6. From the Cradle to the Grave: The Life History of Parrots
7. Populations of Parrots: Conservation and Invasion Biology

Epilogue: Themes and Threads Uniting the Chapters of This Book

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"The information concentrated in this volume is written clearly in an easy-to-understand manner for a nonscientific audience, but with general and up-to-date data that can be very useful for professional ornithologists."