| Amazon Parrots: Aviculture, Trade and Conservation by Rosemary Low is a useful and attractive book. The first part is a general account divided into 11 chapters dealing with Amazon parrots in aviculture, as companion birds and in the wild. The second part focuses on the individual species accounts.|
An introductory chapter precedes chapters on housing, diet, captive breeding, Amazon parrots as companion birds and health care. The author’s lifetime of experience working with these birds ensures that good advice is given on all these subjects. She favours natural varied diets and outdoor aviaries rather than suspended indoor flight cages. Following this section are chapters on introduced populations, life in the wild, conservation, extinct Amazon parrots and trade…
The species accounts are each sub-divided into sections entitled: Distinguishing Features, Immature Birds, Subspecies, Aviculture, Country of Origin, Habitat, Habits, and Status and Threats. A map indicating the range of the species is included and numerous colour photos illustrate not only the species but most importantly the various subspecies. Much original information comes from the author’s own experience gained whilst working with the excellent parrot collections at Palmitos Park and Loro Parque on the Canary Islands.
I happily recommend this book to all who are interested in keeping and breeding Amazon parrots. As is always the case with Rosemary’s books this is well written, beautifully illustrated, a joy to read and a mine of authoritative information. --- Prof. Roger Wilkinson, Avicultural Magazine, No.3, 2005.
This book is one of Low’s very best efforts -- very readable, informative, and engaging… Under each chapter head there are many surprising things even the old experienced Amazon hands will not have experienced. Rosemary Low may be the most experienced Amazon aficionada alive today… Low illustrates her suggestions with engaging stories from the world of aviculture. The stories are a lot of fun to read and carry an education with them.
The chapter on captive breeding is an eye-opener with much vital information. We are told “compatibility” is one of the key issues in getting a pair of Amazons to breed, but we generally toss a male and a female into an aviary and hope for the best. If they don’t like one another, they won’t breed.
The author has skilfully used her extensive knowledge and experience, as an amateur aviculturist, as a professional manager, and author, to collect, and collate information from many sources to produce this excellent book, written and illustrated to a unique, professional and excellent standard. If you are an experienced parrot keeper, a raw beginner, or just an interested bird person, you will understand every word on every page.
Having kept and bred a great number of parrots over the past 50 years, with a good percentage of those being Amazons, I set a number of questions to challenge the book’s content. I am pleased to say it passed a 100%. The book is an easy read, and each chapter follows naturally on from the previous one. Every aspect concerning Amazon Parrots is addressed in a sensible and unbiased format. There is a wealth of practical knowledge … in a book that will surely be recognised for many years to come, as one of the reference classics for Amazons…and will be relevant and useful well into the future.-- Dave Hall, Amazona Society UK magazine, August 2005.
What I enjoyed most about the book, though, is the section on species. An Amazon is not just an Amazon -- there are amazing differences from species to species. Get the book. You’ll REALLY enjoy it and learn from it. -- Sheldon Dingle, editor, ASA Avicultural Bulletin, July/August 2006.
… It is written in the first person and although some of the subject matter is deep and specialised, it is easy to read, full, as it is, of anecdotes and advice stemming from over 40 years of personal experience with these birds. -- Sam Whitbread, Zoo Grapevine, Spring 2006.
Lars Lepperhoff, Gefiederter Freund (Switzerland), January 2006.
Johnny Wierda, Parkieten Societeit (Netherlands), October 2006.