John McKean (ornithologist)

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John McKean (1941–1996) was an Australian ornithologist. He published around 100 scientific papers on birds and bats. He was a bird and bat bander and major contributor to the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme.[1]

As well as being a professional ornithologist with the CSIRO's Division of Wildlife Research, McKean was an enthusiastic twitcher, at one time holding the record for the highest number of species of Australian birds seen in one year.[2] He was also involved with the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union's Atlas of Australian Birds project.[3]


  1. ^ Stewart, David. (1996). Obituary: John McKean – 1941-1996. Flightlines 18: 4.[1] downloaded 2 November 2007
  2. ^ Dooley, Sean. (2005). The Big Twitch. Allen & Unwin: Sydney. ISBN 1-74114-528-7
  3. ^ Robin, Libby. (2001). The Flight of the Emu: a hundred years of Australian ornithology 1901-2001. Melbourne University Press: Carlton. ISBN 0-522-84987-3