This soft cover 262-page book written by Rosemary Low includes 70 colour photos and 20 maps depicting the 32 species in the Pyrrhura conure group.
Rosemary details these species in their natural environment, including conservation aspects, and in aviculture over two sections—
The first section explains what a Pyrrhura is and summarises the history of the genus in captivity. Major imports into Europe commenced in the 1970s and the next two decades saw demand and supply both peak as breeders savoured the variety of species available.
Recently the focus has changed to smaller collections and the breeding of colour mutations in the Green-cheeked Conure.
Husbandry chapters include housing, diet, health issues, breeding—incubation, hand rearing and breeding problems—and pet aspects.
Part two features individual species chapters. These are divided into subheadings according to characteristics of those species that show pronounced breast markings, those with lighter coloured beaks, less pronounced breast markings and reddish ear coverts, and finally the Blue-throated Conure.
For any breeder, or anyone contemplating these species, this book is essential reading. It is the most specialised book on the Pyrrhura Conure and a must for the library.