Jean Cabanis
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Jean Louis Cabanis (8 March 1816 – 20 February 1906) was a German
ornithologist Ornithology is a branch of zoology that concerns the "methodological study and consequent knowledge of birds with all that relates to them." Several aspects of ornithology differ from related disciplines, due partly to the high visibility and th ...
. Cabanis was born in
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to an old Huguenot family who had moved from France. Little is known of his early life. He studied at the
University of Berlin Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (german: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, abbreviated HU Berlin) is a German public research university in the central borough of Mitte in Berlin Berlin ( , ) is the capital and largest city of Germany ...
from 1835 to 1839, and then travelled to
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, returning in 1841 with a large natural history collection. He was assistant and later director of the Natural History Museum of Berlin (which was at the time the Berlin University Museum), taking over from
Martin Lichtenstein Martin Hinrich Carl Lichtenstein (10 January 1780 – 2 September 1857) was a German physician A physician (American English), medical practitioner (English in the Commonwealth of Nations, Commonwealth English), medical doctor, or s ...
. He founded the '' Journal für Ornithologie'' in 1853, editing it for the next forty-one years, when he was succeeded by his son-in-law
Anton Reichenow Anton Reichenow (1 August 1847 in Charlottenburg – 6 July 1941 in Hamburg) was a German ornithologist and Herpetology, herpetologist. Reichenow was the son-in-law of Jean Cabanis, and worked at the Natural History Museum, Berlin, Natural Histor ...
. He died in Friedrichshagen. A number of birds are named after him, including Cabanis's bunting ''Emberiza cabanisi'', Cabanis's spinetail ''Synallaxis cabanisi'', Azure-rumped tanager ''Poecilostreptus cabanisi'' and Cabanis's greenbul ''Phyllastrephus cabanisi''.


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1816 births 1906 deaths German ornithologists Scientists from Berlin People from the Province of Brandenburg Humboldt University of Berlin alumni Humboldt University of Berlin faculty Journal of Ornithology editors {{ornithologist-stub