This intriguing 186–page softcover book by Rosemary Low provides rare insights into the parrot world gained from over 50 years of the author’s intense daily observations of more than 200 species in 27 countries.
Illustrated with 76 colour and black and white images, this treasure trove is divided into seven sections—the Parts that Make-Up the Whole, Psychology, Behaviour, What Parrots Need, Breeding, Foods, and a philosophical section entitled Stop and Think. Topics covered include parrot anatomy, psychology and behaviour—such as feather-picking, stress, aggression, mimicry, play and roosting—and basic requirements for a happy and healthy parrot.
Rosemary encourages interaction with parrots on a daily basis, appealing for new standards of parrot care that recognise parrots are sentient and highly intelligent creatures whose psychological needs are too often neglected. To do so, she weaves together details of their lives in the wild and relates them to what they need in our homes and aviaries.
The text is beguilingly, enhanced by the delightful, often quirky and humorous, colour illustrations of talented Dutch artist Mandy Beekmans.
Highly recommended for both pet parrot enthusiasts and breeders alike.