Parrots are among the most distinctive and beautiful birds in the world. They are also among the most endangered bird groups, threatened by habitat loss through land clearance, the trapping of adults, and the taking of chicks from the nest for the international live-bird trade. A number of species are currently in danger of extinction.
Vanished and Vanishing Parrots is a comprehensive reference on species that have become extinct or are in danger of becoming extinct. The book is organised into three regional sections, the Australasian Distribution, the Afro-Asian Distribution, and the Neotropical Distribution. Each section contains an introduction covering the status of parrots in the region, with particular emphasis on threats that have caused the extinction or endangerment of species, and current and suggested further conservation measures.
Within the regional sections, species accounts provide up-to-date information on distribution, status, habitats, movements, calls, habits and breeding behaviour. Each account is accompanied by a magnificent colour plate by renowned artist Frank Knight. Vanished and Vanishing Parrots is a valuable reference for scientific, ornithological, and avicultural organisations, as well as bird lovers and natural history enthusiasts.
About the Author
Joseph M. Forshaw has retired as Head of Wildlife Section, Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service. He is a Research Associate in the Department of Ornithology at the Australian Museum in Sydney and Corresponding Fellow of the American Ornithologists Union. He is the author of many books, including Field Guide to Parrots of the World and Parrots of the World: An Identification Guide.
"This encyclopedic work has beautiful color plates, references, and index. Bird lovers and ornithology researchers will find this title a valuable reference." - AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL
"Forshaw and Knight have provided a thorough, well-organized, and aesthetic work that not only inspires us to look back at what we have lost but also forward to prevent further extinctions; we can learn from past mistakes." - The Quarterly Review of Biology
"In sum, this is a valuable book with a great many strengths. Forshaw is a master of collecting pertinent information from a broad array of sources; the result is a rich collection of species accounts that surpasses in detail those in any of his preceding books. The artwork by Knight complements these accounts and brings them to vibrant life." - The Condor