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A parrot without a name : the search for the last unknown birds on earth
Stap, Don.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990.
Physical Description:
x, 239 pages ; 22 cm
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Central Library QL689.P5 S7 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An account of an expedition into the jungles of Peru to locate and identify as many birds as possible.

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Booklist Review

Writer-naturalist Stap recounts two expeditions led by Louisiana State University ornithologists John O'Neill and Ted Parker to the rain forest around the Cordillera Divisor Mountains, one of the largest unexplored areas on earth--300,000 square miles of wilderness. The purpose of the expeditions was to observe and collect as many birds as possible, since little was known about many of the birds in that region of Peru. They collected nearly 1,500 birds representing 426 species, having traveled by dugout and on foot (on many occasions, clearing a path with machetes) through forests filled with insects, snakes, and jaguars. This modern-day adventure will enthrall nature lovers and conservationists. Notes; to be indexed. --George Cohen

Publisher's Weekly Review

The rain forest of Peruvian Amazonia is the ultimate place for bird studies; Peru, with 1700 known species, contains the richest avifauna on earth. Poet-naturalist Stap had the good fortune to accompany John O'Neil, who has identified more new species than any other ornithologist, and Ted Parker, who is regarded as the foremost authority on Peruvian birds, on two expeditions into a wilderness where scientists had never been before. Reaching the study site was an adventure in itself, but there is more. Stap profiles O'Neill and Parker, and gives us a fine picture of ornithologists in the field. He explains the necessity of killing birds for taxonomic studies. The expedition discovered a new small parrot, hence the title. This book will have strong appeal to birders and readers who thirst for adventure. Macmillan Book Club alternate. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

One might think that all the world's birds must have been spotted already, but new species keep appearing, particularly in the Amazon Basin. Louisiana State University ornithologist John O'Neill, for example, has described 12 new species since 1963. Amateur birder Stap analyzes the work of O'Neill and his frequent collaborator, Ted Parker, realistically presenting both the rewards and frustrations of zoological field work today. Much of the book is a fascinating firsthand account of an expedition to Peru which the author joined for several weeks in June 1987, the climax of which was the discovery of the new parrot species of the title. Frank, informative, and sometimes disturbing, this is a good choice for popular science collections. Macmillan Book Clubs alternate selection.-- Paul B. Cors, Univ. of Wyoming Lib., Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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