August von Pelzeln

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August von Pelzeln.

August von Pelzeln (10 May 1825, Prague - September 2, 1891) was an Austrian ornithologist. He was a grandson to novelist Karoline Pichler (1769-1843).[1]

He studied at the University of Vienna, later working as an assistant under helminthologist Karl Moriz Diesing (1800-1867) in the Hof-Naturalien-Cabinet (from 1851). In 1857 he acquired curatorial duties formerly held by Johann Jakob Heckel (1790-1857),[1] and subsequently became in charge of the bird (1857) and mammal (1869) collections.[2] He worked on the birds collected by Johann Natterer in Brazil (343 species).[3]

He was forced to retire from the museum due to ill health, and died at Oberdöbling near Vienna.

Some birds described by Pelzeln are Red-eyed Thornbird, Spot-winged Antbird, Red-legged Tinamou, Short-billed Leaftosser, Yellow-margined Flatbill and the New Zealand Rockwren.

His name is associated with Pelzeln's Tody-Tyrant (Hemitriccus inornatus).[4] Gustav Hartlaub (1814-1900) named the Madagascar Grebe (Tachybaptus pelzelnii) in his honor;[5] Otto Finsch (1839-1917) named the Pohnpei Starling (Aplonis pelzelni) after Pelzeln.[6]

Works[edit]

  • Bemerkungen gegen Darwin's Theorie vom Ursprung der Spezies. Vienna: A. Pichler Witwe & Sohn (1861).
  • Zur Ornithologie Brasiliens, Resultate von Johann Natterers Reisen in den Jahren 1817 bis 1835, Johann Natterer, Wien, A. Pichler's Witwe & Sohn (1868- 1870 3 volumes). BHL
  • Beiträge zur Ornithologie Südafrikas (1882) - Contributions to the ornithology of southern Africa.
  • Many papers in "Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien" (usually abbreviated Sitz.K.Akad.Wiss.Wien).

References[edit]

  • See Zobodat [2] Obits include bibliography
  1. ^ a b Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815–1950 (ÖBL). Band 7. Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien 1978, ISBN 3-7001-0187-2, S. 401 f
  2. ^ Annalen des k. k. naturhistorischen Hofmuseums Jahresbericht für 1888
  3. ^ The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals by Bo Beolens, Michael Watkins, Michael Grayson
  4. ^ Google Books The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals by Bo Beolens, Michael Watkins, Michael Grayson
  5. ^ AviBase Tachybaptus pelzelnii
  6. ^ [1] Pohnpei Starling - Pictures and facts

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