Parrots of the Wild: A Natural History of the World's Most Captivating Birds
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 authorsŐ 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.
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PHYLOGENY The Marvelous Diversity of Parrots 3 Reconstructing Evolutionary History 5 Other Major Groups of Parrots 16 CONTENTS Box 1 A...
The Evolution of Parrots 8 How and When the Parrots Diversified
Physiology Morphology and Behavior
How Parrots Perceive and Use Information
The Brains of Parrots and How They Use Them
Mating Life History and Populations
The Life Histories of Parrots
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