Aviculture, Natural History and Conservation

262 pages, 70 colour photos, 20 maps
Price £21.95 

Publication date October 1 2013

Cage & Aviary Birds, January 15 2014 “A must-read for conure lovers”
Some 32 species of these little jewels are now recognised and there’s no finer guide to them than Rosemary Low. A devotee of the genus since the 1960s, Rosemary has vast experience of Pyrrhura in captivity. She has also travelled all over Latin America to study them in the wild.

Rosemary’s superb new book, Pyrrhura Parakeets (Conures): Aviculture, Natural History, Conservation, is in two parts. The first tells us what a Pyrrhura is and summarises the history of the genus in captivity. This is largely recent: major imports to Europe commenced in the 1970s and the next two decades saw demand and supply both peak, as breeders savoured the variety of species available. Recently the focus has changed to smaller collections and the breeding of colour mutations of the green-
cheeked conure (P.molinae).

Rosemary goes on to offer a masterclass in practical husbandry. This is grounded in first-hand experience and is pure gold for the beginner who wants to know the basics of housing and feeding, but also needs expert advice concerning health issues and breeding problems. She then proceeds to the lifestyle of wild Pyrrhura and connects this with conservation issues. Many of these species have small ranges in the wild and, inevitably, are under threat in the wild. Aviculture must help by maintaining pure captive stocks, insists Rosemary.

Part two of the book offers a pen portrait of every Pyrrhura species, with unique detail on its behaviour, history and status. In fact “unique” is the best word for this book. I doubt anyone else could have written it. If you love conures, snap it up. -- ROB INNES, Editor, Cage & Aviary Birds.


Talking Birds (Australia), January 2014, 
“Pyrrhura volume covers all the bases”

Rosemary Low is probably the most prolific author of avicultural books the world has ever known. With 30 books to her name, she is a household name to most aviculturists and the breadth of her knowledge is astounding.

Her latest volume Pyrrhura Parakeets (Conures) is easily up to the standard set by her previous works and is a must-have book for anyone with an interest in conures. The book’s 261 pages contains a wealth of information, all of it set out in an orderly, organised fashion… This author clearly loves conures -- and keeping the maroon-bellied and pearly species in the 1960s ignited her passion for pyrrhuras. -- LLOYD MARSHALL, Editor, Talking Birds.

What readers say:

Ruben van de Worp, Pyrrhura breeder

A week ago I got your Pyrrhura book and I must say it is a collector’s item. It is full of nice tips and beautiful pictures. The manner you care for your birds is priceless and has my compliments. Thank you for writing this book.

Dr Stacey Gelis, avian vet., Australia

I have really enjoyed reading it, not only for how thoroughly you cover the various species but also for reinforcing the basics of good avian husbandry (a subject that is rarely dealt with seriously these days).

Gareth Orr, Pyrrhura breeder

May I congratulate you on what is another excellent read. I haven't put the book down since I received it! Many thanks for writing a book about Pyrrhuras -- it has given me a much better understanding of these incredible little birds and their habitat. 

Pyrrhura Parakeets (Conures):

Aviculture, Natural History, Conservation

These fascinating parakeets of the neotropics have long been a favourite of Rosemary Low.  Absorbed by all aspects of these birds, she has written a book that will appeal to aviculturists, companion bird owners, bird watchers and conservationists.




Part I

1.   What are Pyrrhura Conures?                       

2.   Captive History                                             

3.   Housing                                                        

4.   New Stock                                                     

5.   Companions in the Home                              

6.   Health Concerns                                             

7.   Diet and Nutrition                                         

8.   Breeding in Aviculture                                                        

9.   Breeding Problems                                       

10.  Hand-rearing  and Weaning                         

11.  Mutations                                                    

12.  Food Sources in Nature

13.  Life in the Wild                                            

14.  Aviculture and Conservation Potential       

15.  Conservation: Present and Future                        

Part II

THE SPECIES                    

1. Species with pronounced breast markings:

2. Species with lighter coloured beaks,  less pronounced breast markings and red or reddish ear coverts:

3. Blue-throated P. cruentata


References Cited

Index of scientific names  (Pyrrhuras)

Index of common names



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