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One of the more nonconformist figures in the animal kingdom, the parrot is linked to humans by its ability to speak—a trait many have found unsettling, though this discomfort is offset by its gorgeous plumage, which makes it one of the most popular members of the avian family. Unlike previous studies that have treated parrots as simply a curious oddity, Paul Carter offers here in Parrot a thoughtful yet spirited consideration of the natural and cultural history of parrots, discussing parrot portraiture, the role and significance of parrots' mimicry in human culture, and parrot conservation, as well the parrot's role in literature, folklore and mythology, film, and television worldwide.

Parrot takes three different approaches to the squawker: the first section, "Parrotics," examines the historical, cultural, and scientific classification of parrots; "Parroternalia," the second part, looks at the association of parrots with the different languages, ages, tastes, and dreams of society; and, finally, "Parrotology" investigates what the mimicry of parrots reveals about our own systems of communication. Humorously written and wide-ranging in scope, this volume takes readers beyond pirates and "Polly wants a cracker" to a new kind of animal history, one conscious of the critical and ironic mirror parrots hold up to human society.

About the Author

Paul Carter is professorial research fellow at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, and the author of Repressed Spaces: The Poetics of Agoraphobia, also published by Reaktion Books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861892379
Author:
Carter, Paul Douglas
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Author:
Carter, Paul
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
Animals and civilization
Subject:
Parrots
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
Pets-Birds by Breed
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
45 color plates, 75 halftones
Pages:
213
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.38 in

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