Adolph's father worked at the Abbey in Riddagshausen. His early schooling was at Collegium Carolinum in Braunschweig. After working for some years as a farmer, he went to study at the University of Berlin. In 1866 he married Ellen Streichenberg. He took a great interest in birds, collecting their eggs. His large collection of eggs was bequeathed to the Berlin Zoological Museum.
- Heinroth, Oskar. "Bericht über die Maisitzung 1916". Journal of Ornithology (in German) 64 (3): 421–424. doi:10.1007/BF02250493.
- Avibase Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker
- Avibase Sangihe White-eye
- Full text of "Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club"
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