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Terra Papagalli / Land of Parrots

Art / Photobook
A milestone in Brazilian ornithology

By: Eduardo Parentoni Brettas (Illustrator), Luís Fábio Silveira (Author), Neiva Maria Robaldo Guedes (Preface By)

375 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps

Marte Edições

1 customer review
Hardback | Dec 2015 | #228330 | ISBN-13: 9788569827009
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £150.00 $183/€169 approx

About this book

Language: Bilingual in English and Portuguese

Terra Papagalli brings the most artistic and scientific survey ever conducted, containing all 91 species of Brazilian parrots. All species are finely painted by Eduardo Parentoni Breitas, one of the most gifted painters of birds of Brazil, under the scientific guidance of one of the leading Brazilian ornithologists, Prof. Dr. Luís Fabío Silveria, from the Zoology Museum of São Paulo University.

The book is written in English and Portuguese and has 376 pages richly illustrated with reproductions of original paintings and details never seen before, plus information on each species' diet, nesting areas and locations most suitable for the observation of species in the wild in Brazil. The status of conservation of each species is also provided.

The historical significance of the name of this book is intertwined with the history of the discovery of Brazil. The first Portuguese explorers marveled at the magnificent Scarlet Macaws and baptized this country as Terra Papagalli (Land of Parrots) in the years following the discovery of Brazil.

Please note that this is a large book, measuring 270 × 340 mm (W × H), weighing in at 3.25 kg.

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Reviews (1)

By Björn 21 Jun 2016 Unconfirmed Purchase Written for Hardback

Terra Papagalli. In short its an excellent lexicon with a historical background of human-parrot interactions, from the times the first travellers from Portugal explored this new continent. A very exciting perspective. Greatly illustrated with photos. It's written in an easily digestible way in a generous mood. Parrot facts are provided by the country's leading experts. The book is a union made of experts from different fields. The layout is brave and tasteful. The size and print makes it stand out. The paintings really deserves it. Museum species have sometimes served as models for the painter. I find that hard to believe! These are the most living parrot-paintings I've ever seen. The birds really stand out in a remarkable way. This magnificent ambassador dressed in sober green with discreet goldprint will certainly reach a wider audience and stimulate further conservation efforts.

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Eduardo Parentoni Brettas was born in the city of Ponte Nova, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1962. His first drawings of birds date to his childhood spent in the lush nature of Brazil. His first great supporter was his mother, Indiana Parentoni Brettas, who encourages her son to become a master painter of nature. His works have been commissioned by the great centers of ornithological studies, including the University of São Paulo in Brazil and Princeton University in the United States, and are displayed in museums and art galleries in Atlanta, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and elsewhere, as well as private collections around the world. Eduardo regularly teaches courses and lecturs on naturalistic art, in which he generously shares his talent and technique with professional and amateur artists. Eduardo lives and works in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, where he lives with his wife, Vanessa, and his two sons, Tiago and Ricardo.

Luís Fábio Silveira was born in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1974 and received his PhD in Zoology from the University of São Paulo (USP) in 2003. A born scientist with a passion for birds since childhood, Luís Fábio is curator of the bird collection of the Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo (MZUSP), the largest collection of Brazilian birds in the world. Having published more than 100 scientific papers and 14 books, he is one Brazil's most important scientists conducting research on ornithology. Brazil is home to the greatest diversity of birds in the world, with more than 1900 known species, and Luís Fábio's work has contributed to countless public and private initiatives aimed at conserving and managing this diversity. He also advises master's and doctoral these at USP, thereby contributing to the formation of the next generation of Brazilian and foreign scientists specialized in the study of Brazilian birds. When he is not conducting field expeditions throughout Brazil, Luís Fábio is based in the city of São Paulo, where he lives with his wife, Érika.

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