1851 in birding and ornithology
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- 27 January – Death of John James Audubon, French-American ornithologist, naturalist and painter who produced the monumental Birds of America
- 5 July – Birth of William Brewster, American ornithologist and cofounder of the American Ornithologists' Union
- Emmanuel Le Maout Les Mammifères et les Oiseaux (1851–1854, 2 vol. gr. in-8, illustrés. Showy work for the publishers stand at Exposition Universelle in 1855
Birds described in 1851 include the Bare-necked Umbrellabird, Common ʻAmakihi, Dusky-headed Parakeet, Madeira Firecrest, Madeiran Storm-petrel, North Island Brown Kiwi, Olive Sparrow, Grey-crowned Palm-tanager, Red-headed Fody, Rufous-throated Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Sri Lanka Bush-warbler, Yellow-bellied Tanager and Yellow-eared Bulbul.
The last Norfolk Island Kākā died in captivity in London.
- K.k. Naturhistorisches Hofmuseum in Vienna extensively reorganized.
- John Gould The birds of Australia; Supplement 1851-69. 1 vol. 81 plates; Artists: J. Gould and H. C. Richter; Lithographer: H. C. Richter
- John Gould The birds of Asia; 1850-83 7 vols. 530 plates, Artists: J. Gould, H. C. Richter, W. Hart and J. Wolf; Lithographers:H. C. Richter and W. Hart
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