Colour plates, Maps
336 pages, 215 x 148 mm
From the macaws of South America to the cockatoos of Australia, parrots are among the most beautiful and exotic birds in the world – and also among the most endangered. This stunningly illustrated, easy-to-use field guide covers all 356 species and well-differentiated subspecies of parrots, and is the only guide organised by geographical distribution – Australasian, Afro-Asian, and neotropical.
It features 146 superb colour plates depicting every kind of parrot, as well as detailed, facing-page species accounts that describe key identification features, distribution, subspeciation, habitat and status. Colour distribution maps show ranges of all subspecies, and field identification is further aided by relevant upperside and underside flight images.
This premier field guide also shows where to observe each species in the wild, helping make this the most comprehensive and user-friendly guide to the parrots of the world.
The only parrot guide to focus on geographical distribution
Covers all 356 species
Features 146 colour plates depicting all species and well-differentiated subspecies
Provides detailed facing-page species accounts that describe key identification features, distribution, subspeciation, habitat and status
Includes colour distribution maps
Shows where to observe each species in the wild
List of Color Plates
Plan of the Book
Parrots in the Australasian Distribution (Plates 1–62)
Parrots in the Afro-Asian Distribution (Plates 63–76)
Parrots in the Neotropical Distribution (Plates 77–144)
Extinct or Presumed Extinct Parrots (Plates 145–146)
Index of English Names
Index of Scientific Names
The general bird lover
"All enthusiasts of parrots, whether focussed on the birds' biology or spectacular diversity, will be glad to have this book. It is well-priced and so is great value."
Leo Joseph, South Australian Ornithologist, March 2011, Vol. 37(1), pp.45-46
"This is a beautiful field guide by two practitioners (both Canberrans) who are at the pinnacle of their craft."
Ian Fraser, Natural History Book Reviews, http://www.botanicalbookshop.com.au/reviews.asp
"There is an incredible amount of information in this book and it is a fantastic reference, easy to read and truly worthy of a place in any book collection or library."
Lou DallEst, President of the Avicultural Society of Australia, 2011
"Parrots of the World is a gorgeous species account of all 356 species of parrots and their numerous subspecies. Unlike other books with complete species account of parrots, this field guide has a format that enables it to be brought along in the field or when travelling... the excellent illustrations of parrots in flight, both from above and below, are what really set this field guide apart from many country-specific guides. Both as a birder and a researcher studying parrots I will certainly be using this book myself in the future."
Thorsten J. S. Balsby, Emu, May 2011, p.189
"The lay-out of the book is uncluttered and attractive. Parrots of the World is an outstanding publication produced through the professional efforts of two Australians who have contributed so much to ornithology – Joseph Forshaw and Frank Knight."
The Bird Observer, February 2011
"Joe Forshaw is the
parrot man...Parrot, and indeed other, wildlife declines and extinctions are a symptom of our environmental mismanagement, which will come back to bite us through reduced ecosystem services. This book should be a catalyst in raising public consciousness, through the great appeal of parrots, and deserves to be widely read. Unfortunately, it may be the epitaph for some species. For instance, even in the last few years, Spix’s Macaw became extinct in the wild."
Stephen Debus, Australian Field Ornithology, 2011 Vol 28
"...a stunningly illustrated, easy-to-use field guide which covers all 356 species and well-differentiated sub-species of parrots."
Talking Birds, November 2010
"Colour-coded pages make searching by zone easy and local readers will feel immediately at home with
it. It is elegantly uncluttered. It is an accessible high quality paperback…"
David Rounsevell, Sunbird (Birds Qld) December 2010
Joseph M Forshaw is one of Australia’s foremost ornithologists and a world-renowned expert on parrots. His books include Parrots of the World: An Identification Guide.
Frank Knight has been an illustrator for three decades, producing artwork for scientific papers, books, and lectures. His books include The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia.