Bonaparte - taxonomic author

To: "BIRDING-AUS" <>, "Syd Curtis" <>
Subject: Bonaparte - taxonomic author
From: "John McAllister" <>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2005 12:29:29 +0200
Hi there

The following comes from WHOSE BIRD complied by Bo Beolens (of Fatbirder fame) and Michael Watkins and published by Christopher Helm in 2003:

Prince Charles Lucien Bonaparte (originally Jules Laurent Lucien) (1803-1857) was a nephew of the famous statesman, the Emperor Napoleon Bonaprte. He was a renowned ornithologist, both in Europe and the United States. Bonaparte was much travelled, but he spent many year in the US cataloguing birds and he has been described as the 'father of systematic ornithology.' He eventually settled in Paris and commenced his Conspectus Generum Avium, a catalogue of every bird species in the world. He died before finishing it, but its publication was heralded as a major step forward in accomplishing one of the most important goals in ornithology: a complete list of the world's birds. He also wrote American Ornithology in 1825 and Iconografia della Fauna Italica - ucelli in 1832. Swainson described Bonaparte as "destined by nature to confer unperishable benefits on this noble science."

Albert, of course, was Prince Albert, the Prince Consort (1819-1861) and husband of Queen Victoria.

I hope that the above is of some interest.


John McAllister
South Africa

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