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Flocks of Colour

Flocks of Colour

Author: Olsen, Penny

Published: 2013-10-01

Publisher's Description:

What name could be a more apt description of Australia than 'The Land of Parrots', a name inspired by late sixteenth-century maps showing a southern region labelled 'Psittacorum regio'? This beautiful book takes a close look at parrots in Australia, from the first published illustration of an Australian parrot — a Rainbow Lorikeet collected live on Cook's 1770 voyage — to William T Cooper’s twentieth-century watercolour of the elusive Night Parrot.

With introductory essays by ornithologist Penny Olsen, Flocks of Colour covers two and a quarter centuries of discovery and illustration of Australia's avifauna. It features a rich portfolio of images of all the Australian parrots, by various artists including John Gould, Edward Lear, Neville W Cayley and William T Cooper, selected from the collections of the National Library of Australia. The foreword is by Joseph Forshaw, a world expert on the parrot family.



  • Language: English
  • Biogeographical Realm: Australasian
  • Countries Covered: Australia
  • Families Covered: Parrots (Psittacidae)

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  • Publisher: National Library of Australia
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  • Country: Australia

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  • Date Published: 01 Mar 2014
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  • Date Published: 01 Oct 2013
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  • ISBN-13: 9780642278067