Rosemary Low provides rare insights into their world, gained from fifty plus years of intense daily observations of more than 200 species and of parrots in their natural habitats in 27 countries since 1974. Many people keep parrots in their homes, yet they know little about their wild relatives. 'I want them to know', she says. 'I want them to care what is happening to them.' She reaches out to those privileged to interact with them on a daily basis, appealing for new standards of parrot care that recognize parrots are sentient and highly intelligent creatures whose psychological needs are too often neglected.
In this book the author has woven together details of their lives in the wild and relates them to what they need in our homes and aviaries. It is a treasure-trove of parrot information, divided into seven sections: The Parts that make up the Whole, Psychology, Behavior, What Parrots Need, Breeding, Foods, and a philosophical section entitled Stop and Think.
The text is beguilingly enhanced by the delightful, often quirky and humorous, color illustrations of Mandy Beekmans, a talented Dutch artist.
20 Color Illustrations, 56 Mono Photos.
Split into sections covering body systems, psychology and behaviour, parrots needs, breeding, feeding and a final section that will make anyone with a grain of compassion 'stop and think', the book is packed full of information that can only have been gained from a lifetime of interaction with parrots, both captive and wild, their carers (good and bad), breeders, researchers and vets. It also provides valuable warnings from past mistakes and deliberate wrongs inflicted on parrots both historically and (sadly) in our current times.
Cleverly divided into seven complimentary parts that allow the owner to find the information they require quickly and easily, it could be regarded as a reference book. However, as it contains a great deal of personal reports built on the authorís extensive visits to their habitats this adds so much more to the publication and allows the passion that Rosemary has for the members of this large family of birds to shine through. This book is a treasure chest of information on every aspect of parrot life and care in our homes and aviaries and is essential reading for anyone thinking of purchasing a parrot.