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Have you ever wondered what parrots eat in the wild? Or why so many species live in the Amazon? How intelligent are parrots? What is the world’s rarest parrot? Parrots: The Animal Answer Guide provides detailed, factual answers to the ninety questions most on our minds. There are more than 350 species of these colorful callers, ranging in size from the diminutive lovebird to the massive macaw. Many species can live to be octogenarians in captivity—sometimes outliving their human caretakers by decades. The beautiful plumage of parrots and the ability to mimic sounds are both a blessing and a curse. A number of species are in danger of extinction because they are captured and sold into the pet trade by unscrupulous dealers. Fortunately, most parrot owners and retailers rely on captive breeding, although an appalling amount of wild collection continues. In addition to discussing parrot behavior and biology, Matt Cameron reveals the truth about the trade in wild parrots and explains what each of us can do to help save native populations. Whether you are a parrot owner, birder, ornithologist, or curious naturalist, you will find that Cameron asks and fully answers every question you have about these incredible birds.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. 1. Introducing Parrots
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. Form and Function
  2. pp. 17-28
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  1. 3. Parrot Colors
  2. pp. 29-45
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  1. 4. Parrot Behavior
  2. pp. 46-81
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  1. 5. Parrot Ecology
  2. pp. 82-109
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  1. 6. Reproduction and Development
  2. pp. 110-138
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  1. 7. Foods and Feeding
  2. pp. 139-149
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  1. 8. Parrots and Humans
  2. pp. 150-158
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  1. 9. Parrot Problems (from a human viewpoint)
  2. pp. 159-168
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  1. 10. Human Problems (from a parrot’s viewpoint)
  2. pp. 169-183
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  1. 11. Parrots in Stories and Literature
  2. pp. 184-195
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  1. 12. “Parrotology”
  2. pp. 196-208
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  1. Images
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  1. Appendix: Common and Scientific Names of Living Parrots
  2. pp. 209-218
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-238
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421406596
Related ISBN
9781421405445
MARC Record
OCLC
813286353
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-09-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
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