Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology

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Coordinates: 33°57′23″S 18°27′40″E / 33.9564113°S 18.4611377°E / -33.9564113; 18.4611377

Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
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Established 1959
Head of Department Prof. Peter G. Ryan
Location Cape Town, South Africa

The Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology is a South African biological research and conservation institute based at the University of Cape Town. The mission statement of the Institute is “to promote and undertake scientific studies involving birds, and contribute to the practice affecting the maintenance of biological diversity and the sustained use of biological resources”.


The Percy FitzPatrick Institute was founded in 1959 through the efforts and financial support of Cecily Niven, the daughter of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, and was originally incorporated as a non-profit company. It is now incorporated within the University of Cape Town as an autonomous subunit within the department of Zoology. It houses the Niven Library and has become the largest centre for ornithological research in the Southern Hemisphere.



As of the end of 2006, research programs and initiatives included:


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