Of Parrots and People
The Sometimes Funny, Always Fascinating, and Often Catastrophic Collision of Two Intelligent SpeciesBook - 2008
"There are an estimated 50 million parrots kept as pets the U.S. alone, their numbers surpassed only by dogs and cats, yet these complex creatures are not your typical domesticated animal, and they remain a mystery to many. Most people don't know that parrots score at the level of 3-to-5 year olds on human intelligence tests. Nor that they can live to 100 years or more. Nor that pound for pound parrots are worth more on the black market than cocaine. Their startling beauty, social sophistication, and uncanny ability to bond with humans have made parrots sought-after pets, but few people realize how fragile and endangered many parrot species have become." -- inside cover.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008.
Branch Call Number: 636.6865 Twe
Characteristics: xv, 317 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.