Leonid Portenko

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Leonid Aleksandrovich Portenko (11 October 1896 – 26 May 1972) was a Soviet ornithologist of Ukrainian origin who carried out extensive zoogeographic studies on the birds of the northern and north-eastern Palaearctic realm. He was born in Smila, Ukraine, though most of his career was spent working in, and conducting expeditions from, the ornithological department of the Zoological Institute of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Leningrad.[1][2]

His publications include:

  • 1939, 1941 – Fauna of the Anadyr area
  • 1954, 1960 – The birds of the USSR
  • 1972–1973 – The birds of the Chukchi Peninsula and Wrangel Island
  • 1973 – Fauna of birds of non-polar parts of the Northern Urals
  • 1975 – The birds of zonal steppes and deserts of Central Asia


  1. ^ Kumari, E. (1974). "Leonid Alexandrovich Portenko 1896-1972". Journal für Ornithologie. 115 (3): 365–367. doi:10.1007/BF01644330.
  2. ^ "Department of Ornithology: History". Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2014-04-18.

Further reading[edit]

  • Palmer R.S. 1973. Leonid Aleksandrovich Portenko. Auk 90: 487.