Think­ing like a Par­rot

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World - BY ALAN BOND & JUDY DI­A­MOND, UNIVER­SITY OF CHICAGO PRESS, £26.99

There have been nu­mer­ous books writ­ten about these re­mark­ably brainy but es­pe­cially en­dan­gered birds. This is one of the very best. The au­thors, both pro­fes­sors at the Univer­sity of Ne­braska, have stud­ied the lives of wild par­rots for over 30 years. Their ground-break­ing re­search into the so­cial be­hav­iour, ecol­ogy and in­tel­li­gence of a wide range of par­rot species greatly aug­ments the knowl­edge ob­tained from stud­ies of cap­tive birds, and plays an im­por­tant part in help­ing con­ser­va­tion­ists un­der­stand how best to save them. This is both a beau­ti­fully writ­ten sur­vey that any­one can ap­pre­ci­ate and a se­ri­ous ref­er­ence work. Jonathan El­ph­ick Or­nithol­o­gist

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