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Biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs of people who have contributed to the study of birds.


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Alfred Russel Wallace

Letters from the Malay Archipelago
By John van Wyhe and Kees Rook...
Nov 2013 This volume brings together the letters of the great Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (...

Turaco Country

Reminiscences of East African Birding
By Dale A Zimmerman
Jun 2015 Dale Zimmerman's singular memoir details a half-century of ornithological investigations in East...

Bird Student

An Autobiography
At thirteen, George Miksch Sutton planned a school of ornithology centered around his collection...

The Life of David Lack

Father of Evolutionary Ecology
By Ted R. Anderson
Jul 2013 Most people who have taken a biology course in the past 50 years are familiar with the work of Da...

Alexander Wilson

The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology
By Edward H. Burtt, Jr.; Willi...
May 2013 Audubon was not the father of American ornithology. That honorific belongs to Alexander Wilson, w...

Saving American Birds

T. Gilbert Pearson and the Founding of the Audu...
By Oliver H. Orr, Jr.
Apr 1992 T. Gilbert Pearson (1873-1943) was one of the most influential ornithologists in North America, c...

The Feathery Tribe

Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds
By Lewis, Daniel
Apr 2012 Amateurs and professionals studying birds at the end of the nineteenth century were a contentious...

A Love Affair with Birds

The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts
By Sue Leaf
Apr 2013 Imagine a Minneapolis so small that, on calm days, the roar of St. Anthony Falls could be heard i...

America's Other Audubon

By Kiser, Joy
May 2012 Nearly everyone is familar with John James Audubon and his seminal color-plate book, The Birds of...

A Himalayan Ornithologist

The Life and Work of Brian Houghton Hodgson
By Cocker, Mark; Inskipp, Carol
Oct 1988 This book describes the ornithological work of the remarkable naturalist, scholar and administrat...

Seabird Genius

The story of L.E. Richdale, the Royal Albatross...
By Neville Peat
Nov 2011 The first biography of Lance Richdale, who achieved international fame as the father of Otago's a...

Ornithology, Evolution, and Philosophy

The Life and Science of Ernst Mayr 1904-2005
By Jürgen Haffer
Dec 2007 This book is the first detailed biography of Ernst Mayr. He was an ‘architect’ of the Synthetic T...

More Than Birds

Adventurous Lives of North American Naturalists
By Val Shushkewich
Dec 2012 The fascinating development of natural history studies in North America is portrayed through the...

Spencer Baird of the Smithsonian

By Rivinus, E.F.; Youssef, E.M.
Nov 1992 In the course of a fascinating life at the center of nineteenth-century science, Spencer Fullerto...

Cayley & Son

The Life and Art of Neville Henry Cayley and Ne...
By Olsen, Penny
Mar 2013 Cayley & Son charts the lives and works of Australian bird artists Neville Henry Cayley (1854...