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Books about Cockatoos

This page lists books that are specifically about Cockatoos. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.



For general books about Parrots that include sections on Cockatoos see:

Parrots



Cockatoos
Family: Cacatuidae

There are 21 species of Cockatoos and a number of sub-species. Cockatoos are found in Australia, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, the Philippines.


 

A Natural History of Australian Parrots: A Tribute to William T. Cooper (19342015)

Joseph M. Forshaw

Illustrations: William T. Cooper

Nokomis Publications

2016

"Presented as a deluxe edition, this book is truly a combination of art and science presenting many previously unpublished Cooper drawings, sketches and paintings. Containing more than 300 artworks, it is fully cased in grey Ballantine cloth, with black blocking and marbled endpapers. The book is landscape format printed on fine quality satin art paper. This book adopts an entirely new approach with the integration of an updated technical text and an exciting visual record of the beauty, diversity and appeal of Australian parrots. It is a tribute to William (Bill) Cooper, and features numerous previously unpublished field sketches, preliminary drawings and spectacular paintings of parrots in their natural environment. No Australian artist has left such a wealth of scientifically accurate visual records of Australian parrots engaging in their daily activities, and now for the first time readers of this book can enjoy and appreciate this outstanding legacy."

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The Cockatoos: A Complete Guide to the 21 Species

Edward John Mulawka

McFarland

2014

"This reference book on the Cockatoo family provides a comprehensive physical description of the various species of this exotic parrot, the habitat they favour, and their distribution and behaviours both in the wild and in captivity. Their reproductive history is examined, as is the possibility of breeding sufficient numbers in captivity to develop sustainable populations for re-introduction to their original habitat should they become extinct in the wild. The book explores the historical encounters of the various species with Europeans two centuries ago. Their notes provide an interesting perspective of an era long past. That early history provides considerable insight to the Cockatoo's popularity and to efforts to breed them in captivity."

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Cockatoos

Matt Cameron

Australian Natural History Series

CSIRO

2007

"Cockatoos are large, intelligent and attractive birds. Of the 21 recognised species, 14 are found within Australia, with seven more species found in the islands to Australia's north, including New Guinea. While some species are threatened, many are abundant throughout much of their range. For much of the last century, the cockatoo was generally viewed as a common part of the landscape, often existing in plague proportions, and an intelligent, if somewhat cantankerous, inhabitant of the backyard 'cocky cage'. Today, some species are struggling to hang on in an environment that has been heavily modified by humans. Extensively illustrated, Cockatoos looks at the ecology and conservation of these iconic birds, including their evolution, distribution, movements, feeding and reproduction. It examines the illegal trade in cockatoos, the role of aviculturists, and the attempts to ensure the recovery of many species through appropriate and well-managed captive breeding programs."

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Cockatoos: A Portfolio of all Species

William T. Cooper and Joseph M. Forshaw

Introduction: Stephen Garnett

Nokomis Editions

2001

"Cockatoos: A Portfolio of all Species contains twenty-one plates showing Bill Cooper's exquisite water/colours in full size. His love for cockatoos is obvious and his mastery deserves this elegant presentation. One of Bill's many artistic strengths is his careful attention to habitats and bird-plant associations, which is sensitively portrayed in each painting. These wonderful birds of the forests and plains have all been painted in landscape format, allowing him to show more diverse compositions and postures. The accompanying text by Joseph M. Forshaw departs from his usual style and forms an elegant essay interspersed with the plates, along with Bill Cooper's Artists Notes. The Introduction is written by Stephen Garnett, a leading researcher on Australia's endangered cockatoos."

"The Portfolio consists of 21 colour plates and is reproduced in an edition of 460 hand-numbered sets. Each painting is reproduced to its original size, which is 750 mm x 570 mm. The Portfolio is presented in a hand-crafted folio box and is gold blocked."

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The Galah: Behavioural Ecology of Galahs

Ian Rowley

Surrey Beatty

1990

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The Cockatoos and Nestors of Australia and New Zealand

Gracius J. Broinswski

1981

A limited edition publication of 13 colour plates originally published in 1888. In addition to facsimile reproduction of the original plates and text this edition includes supporting appendices.

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The Cockatoos and Nestors of Australia and New Zealand

Gracius J. Broinswski

1888

Uncertain if this was published as a book or as a set of loose plates. The plates had been prepared for the proposed publication Birds Of Australia.

A limited edition book with facsimile reproductions of the plates and their supporting text together with a number of appendices was published by Lansdowne Editions in 1981.

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Last updated June 2014