Benjamin Leadbeater

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John Leadbeater Taxidermist

Benjamin Leadbeater (1760–1837) was a British naturalist, ornithologist and taxidermist.

Benjamin Leadbeater was a renowned merchant of natural history materials in London. His shop was located at 19 Brewer Street, Piccadilly.Leadbeater employed the services of many naturalists around the world and supplied specimens to museums. By 1824 his business was known as Leadbetter and son and by 1838 it was called "John Leadbetter". Around 1858 it was called once again called "Leadbetter & Son".

Several species are named in his honour, including the southern ground-hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri), Leadbeater's cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri) and violet-fronted brilliant (Heliodoxa leadbeateri). (Leadbeater's possum is not named after Benjamin Leadbeater.) He described Chrysolophus amherstiae in 1829.


  • Bo Beolens and Michael Watkins (2003). Whose Bird ? Common Bird Names and the People They Commemorate. Yale University Press (New Haven and London).
  • Christopher Frost, 1987 A history of British taxidermy. Long Melford, Suffolk ISBN 0951226304