Johann Friedrich Naumann and the advance of ornithology 

Johann Friedrich Naumann and the advance of ornithology 

Abstract

Johann Friedrich Naumann (1780–1857) was one of central Europe’s most important ornithologists. His innovative approach extended beyond the museum-based taxonomical outlook typical of the time, and included perceptive observations of the ecology and behaviour of birds. Naumann stood on the shoulders of his ornithologist father and, between 1820 and 1844, he single-handedly wrote and illustrated a 12-volume Natural History of Birds. For over a century, this handbook was the most authoritative work on central Europe’s birds. Had it been translated into English, it would have undoubtedly accelerated the study of bird identification and biology in Britain and North America.

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