| An appreciative reader: |
What I especially like about this book is that Rosemary Low always puts parrots in the centre and looks at things from their perspective. Andrea Shaw (Switzerland).
What the reviewers said:
A great strength of the narrative is that Rosemary knows many of the personalities involved. This lets her bring an intimacy to the portraits of the people she is writing about… Her great affection for and understanding of parrots shine throughout the book, which reflects her overwhelming concern for their future. You are left with the conclusion that parrot conservation needs people with Rosemary Low’s commitment and knowledge… This is one of the most readable books I have picked up in a long time. – David Alderton, Cage & Aviary Birds, July 5 2007.
This new publication by Rosemary Low provided me with hours of very informative reading on the history of aviculture. Never before has an author brought together so much information about the early days of our hobby. – Warwick Remington, Australian Aviculture, July 2007.
It is a page-turning story in spite of the poignancy of so much of what she reports. She has experienced this dramatic period in parrot history from a number of angles, pet-keeper, curator of parrot collections, traveller to the tropics, narrator and conservationist, therefore what she has to say needs to be taken seriously… Low has unearthed a wealth of fascinating details about the early collectors, private individuals and zoos... – Dot Schwarz, Parrots magazine, April 2007.
Una obra escrita con una claridad y una concision admirables, llena de ilustraciones, rica en anécdotas y sumamente entretenida. (A work written with an admirable clarity and concision, full of illustrations, rich in anecdotes and extremely entertaining.) – F. Lapuerta, Hablemos de Loros, April-May 2007.
This book is a treasury of information, and therefore a treasure. It is packed with fascinating and useful facts and anecdotes much of which could only be obtained through the extensive personal experience of Rosemary Low. It combines the Author's unique blend of facts about psittacines, and compassion for their welfare. It provides both older (little known) and up-to-date facts, all of which are still relevant today. If you are captivated by parrots, you'll be fascinated by this book. --Stewart Metz, The Indonesian Parrot Project, July, 2007.
Rosemary Low is the best known author of parrot books in the world and her latest effort, A Century of Parrots, is easily up to the standard of her previous 22 books. Rosemary, whose parrot knowledge is encyclopedic has lived through half a century of what she describes as the most challenging period for parrots since their evolution 20 million years ago.
This book is broken into three sensible sections -- Aviculture and trade, conservation, and developments. In part one she focuses on the history of aviculture and the effects the keeping of parrots in captivity has had on the various species, including zoos, trade in birds, smugglers, thieves and pet parrots. Part two addresses declining numbers and what is being done to conserve parrots around the world, including using captive birds to fund conservation. The third section delves into pest parrots, introduced species, extinctions in the 20th century and eco-tourism. This volume is a must-have for anyone who wants to know the full story of parrots during the past 100 years. -- Lloyd Marshall, Talking Birds (Australia), August 2007.