Parrots of Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands
Parrots’ colour and charisma, coupled with the fact that they mimic human speech, make them fascinating to many people. They are ancient birds with unique bill and foot structures that enable them to forage on fruits in the canopy of forest trees as well as on seeds in grasslands. Because they depend on fruits and seeds all year round, most species are confined to the tropics or sub-tropics, where the world’s biodiversity is at its greatest. There are over three hundred species of parrots, of which more than one hundred are recognized as rare, endangered, vulnerable or threatened with extinction.
Parrots are largely distributed in tropical areas of developing countries where economies are weak and uncertain, and where there is great dependence on the exploitation of natural resources, particularly hard wood evergreen forests, which are preferred parrot habitats. Unfortunately, high levels of corruption are common to these regions, with much illegal trade in animals and little or no law enforcement. Collectors of parrots in the first world pay huge sums for rare parrots. However, research, education and conservation actions are greatly reducing illegal trade in African parrots.
This book provides complete coverage of all aspects of the biology of extant African, Malagasy and Mascarene parrots, and reviews our knowledge of extinct and fossil parrots from the region. Particular themes include the behavioural and ecological characteristics of parrots, their species characteristics and conservation biology. Current concepts in avian and conservation biology are also discussed.
About the author:
Mike Perrin PhD, FRS SAfr, is Professor Emeritus of Zoology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Director of the Research Centre for African Parrot Conservation for a decade. He participated in the World Parrot Summit and contributed to the Parrot Action Plan (Snyder et al. 2000).As a Commonwealth Universities Fellow, he lectured on African Parrot Conservation and Trade in East Africa. Mike has talked at the American Federation of Aviculture, Loro Parque and Parrots International. He founded and chaired the Cape Parrot Working Group. He has supervised a considerable amount of post-graduate research on African parrots.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Conservation Biology
Chapter 3. Systematics
Chapter 4. Biogeography
Chapter 5. Intelligence and Communication
Chapter 6. Breeding Biology of African Parrots
Chapter 7. Diet and Metabolism of African Parrots
Chapter 8. African Longtailed, Vasa and Fossil Parrots
Chapter 9. African Parrots
Chapter 10. African Lovebirds
Chapter 11. Case Study of the Endangered Cape Parrot
Chapter 12. African Parrots in Crisis
Chapter 13. African Parrot Action Plan