Monday, November 29, 2010

Book Review: Parrots of the World: An Identification Guide

I've often spoken of my love for bird books. I just don't think birders can have enough of them.

The folks at Princeton University Press sent me a review copy of Parrots of the World, by Joseph M. Foresaw and illustrated by Frank Knight. Although we don't have parrots in our area, they are beautiful birds and seriously threatened in their own habitat.

The field guide covers all 356 parrot species and well-differentiated sub-species of parrots and is organized by geographical region, which should help reduce confusion when traveling. The guide, published October 27, features 146 color plates depicting every kind of parrot as well as facing page species accounts that describe key identification features, distribution, subspeciation, habitat and conservation status. Many of the illustrations show upperside and underside flight images. The guide also shows where to observe each species in the wild.

This is an excellent reference for those who may travel to areas where parrots can be seen or who just like to drool over pretty pictures. It would also make a nice companion for those who are interested in birds overall and would like a current resource to supplement other bird references on this group of beautiful and fascinating birds.

You can order a copy from the Princeton University Press or from Remember, if you like to order from Amazon, consider accessing through the Wild Bird Rescue website to help them raise money for the care of injured and orphaned birds.

Good birding!

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