Ornithologists

Ornithologist is a type of zoologist who specializes in the study of birds. They study the evolution, behaviour, genetics, life processes, migration patterns, and habitats of birds. Ornithologists may work with wild birds, or birds in zoos or sanctuaries. This field of science has a long history dating back to the Stone Age. The ancient Greek polymath Aristotle mentioned about bird migration, egg laying and moulting in 350 BC. Bird watching began evolving from the early 19th century with the invention of the telescope. With development in technology, a variety of sophisticated and modern tools and techniques are used today to study birds. Ornithologists work in the fields observing birds and collecting samples such as eggs, nests, bones, etc. These samples are them analyzed in the laboratories and results are published in scientific papers. Research on birds helps to classify and understand the various species of birds, and provides information on the effects of climate change, pollution and human encroachment on the lives of different types of birds. Ornithologists may work in research institutions, governmental agencies, zoos and sanctuaries, and environmental agencies. Read on to browse through a list of world famous ornithologists and read their biographies and timelines.

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 1 Robert Stroud

Robert Stroud
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: November 21, 1963

 2 Bill Oddie

Bill Oddie
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 3 John James Audubon

John James Audubon
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Famous As: Naturalist, Painter, Ornithologist
Birthdate: April 26, 1785
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 27, 1851

 4 Salim Ali

Salim Ali
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: November 12, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: June 20, 1987
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 5 Stamford Raffles

Stamford Raffles
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Famous As: Former Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Birthdate: July 6, 1781
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Jamaican, British
Died: July 5, 1826

Stamford Raffles was a British statesman who served as the Lieutenant-Governor of the Dutch East Indies from 1811 to 1816. From 1818 to 1824, he served as the Lieutenant-Governor of Bencoolen. Raffles is best remembered for founding the Straits Settlements and modern Singapore. He also played a major role in the invasion of Java in 1811 during the Napoleonic Wars.

 6 Konrad Lorenz

Konrad Lorenz
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: November 7, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Austrian
Died: February 27, 1989

Nobel Prize-winning Austrian zoologist Konrad Lorenz is remembered as a pioneer of ethology. The son of a surgeon father and a physician mother, Lorenz was a qualified physician himself. A university degree awarded to him was rescinded posthumously due to his association with the Nazi party

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 7 Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild

Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild
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Famous As: Biologist, Banker, Politician, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Entomologist, Lepidopterist
Birthdate: February 8, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: August 27, 1937
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 8 Ernst Mayr

Ernst Mayr
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: July 5, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 3, 2005
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 9 Peter Scott

Peter Scott
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: September 14, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: August 29, 1989

 10 Nikolaas Tinbergen

Nikolaas Tinbergen
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: April 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch
Died: December 21, 1988
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 11 James Bond

James Bond
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Famous As: ornithologist
Birthdate: January 4, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: February 14, 1989

 12 Charles Lucien Bonaparte

Charles Lucien Bonaparte
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: May 24, 1803
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
Died: July 29, 1857
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 13 John Gould

John Gould
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: September 14, 1804
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: February 3, 1881

 14 Gilbert White

Gilbert White
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: July 18, 1720
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: June 26, 1793
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 15 Edward Adrian Wilson

Edward Adrian Wilson
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Famous As: Explorer, Ornithologist, Painter, Scientist
Birthdate: July 23, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: March 29, 1912

 16 William Beebe

William Beebe
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: July 29, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 4, 1962

 17 Peter Simon Pallas

Peter Simon Pallas
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Famous As: Explorer, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Scientist, Botanist, Geographer, Arachnologist, Entomologist
Birthdate: September 22, 1741
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: September 8, 1811

 18 William Henry Hudson

William Henry Hudson
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 4, 1841
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Argentinian, British
Died: August 18, 1922

 19 Hubert Wilkins

Hubert Wilkins
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: October 31, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
Died: November 30, 1958

 20 Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson
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Famous As: Zoologist, Ornithologist
Birthdate: August 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: July 28, 1996

 21 Lorenz Oken

Lorenz Oken
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: August 1, 1779
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: August 11, 1851

 22 Spencer Fullerton Baird

Spencer Fullerton Baird
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: February 3, 1823
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 19, 1887
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 23 Ronald Mathias Lockley

Ronald Mathias Lockley
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: November 8, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: New Zealander
Died: April 12, 2000

 24 Thomas Pennant

Thomas Pennant
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: June 14, 1726
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Welsh
Died: December 16, 1798
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 25 Thomas Nuttall

Thomas Nuttall
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: January 5, 1786
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: September 10, 1859

 26 Clinton Hart Merriam

Clinton Hart Merriam
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: December 5, 1855
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 19, 1942

 27 Edward Sabine

Edward Sabine
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: October 14, 1788
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Irish
Died: June 26, 1883

 28 David Lack

David Lack
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: July 16, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: March 12, 1973
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 29 Elliott Coues

Elliott Coues
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: September 9, 1842
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 1899

 30 Sidney Dillon Ripley

Sidney Dillon Ripley
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Famous As: Ornithology
Birthdate: September 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 12, 2001
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 31 Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey

Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: August 8, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 22, 1948

 32 Edward Max Nicholson

Edward Max Nicholson
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Famous As: Environmentalist
Birthdate: July 12, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: April 26, 2003

 33 Alfred Newton

Alfred Newton
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: June 11, 1829
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Swiss
Died: June 7, 1907

 34 Tso-hsin Cheng

Tso-hsin Cheng
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: November 18, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Chinese
Died: June 27, 1998

 35 Frank Chapman

Frank Chapman
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: June 12, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: November 15, 1945

 36 Alexander Wetmore

Alexander Wetmore
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: June 18, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 7, 1978

 37 Margaret Morse Nice

Margaret Morse Nice
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: December 6, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: June 26, 1974

 38 Jean Theodore Delacour

Jean Theodore Delacour
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Famous As: Ornithologist
Birthdate: September 26, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 5, 1985

 39 Peter Marler

Peter Marler
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Famous As: Brain researcher
Birthdate: February 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British, American
Died: July 5, 2014

 40 Volcher Coiter

Volcher Coiter
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: 1534 AD
Nationality: Dutch
Died: June 2, 1576

 41 Harriet Mann Miller

Harriet Mann Miller
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 25, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 1918

 42 Richard Pough

Richard Pough
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Famous As: Conservationist
Birthdate: April 19, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: June 24, 2003

 43 Fannie Hardy Eckstorm

Fannie Hardy Eckstorm
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 18, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 31, 1946

 44 Frank Hall Knowlton

Frank Hall Knowlton
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: September 2, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: November 22, 1926
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