Letter K

Whose Bird? - Number 11

King of Saxony........Koslovi........Kuhl

By Bruce Poulter

Albert (1828 - 1902) was King of Saxony from 1873. He was a popular monarch among all parties despite being a Catholic king in a country with a significant Protestant minority. He was also a soldier who fought in the Seven Weeks' War of 1866. It was the German anthropologist and ornithologist Adolf Bernard Meyer, who first described a number of species in the East Indies, that named the King of Saxony's Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti) (Papua New Guinea, 1970, 5 cents) for his own monarch.

Dr Jared Potter Kirtland (1793 - 1877) was a naturalist, botanist, botanist, legislator, teacher and writer - so something of an all-rounder! He was a contemporary of Audubon and others who were documenting and classifying the plants of America at the same time. Kirtland's discovery that fresh water mussels have distinct sexes - as opposed to being different species - brought him national attention. He was the first to collect and classify Kirtland's Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) (Bahamas, 1995, $2).

General Pyotr Kuzmich Kozlov (1863 - 1935) was a Russian who explored in Central Asia around the turn of the 19th Century. He was sent to Tibet to improve political relations there, but he stopped on the Silk Road in 1908 when he discovered the 'Black City' which had been described by Marco Polo. Here he made excavations which uncovered many scrolls, which he took home for study. The Tibetan Bunting (Emberiza koslowi) (China, 2008, 1 yuan 20) is named after him.

Theobald Johannes Krϋper (1829 - 1921) was a German ornithologist, entomologist, collector and natural history trader. He became Director of the Museum of Athens University in 1872 and continued in that post until his death. He was the author of two books on ornithology. Krϋper's Nuthatch (Sitta krueperi) (Turkey, 1999, 200,000 lira) - a bird of the pine tops - was named after him.

Dr Heinrich Kuhl (1860 - 1906) was a German naturalist who collected in Sulawesi between 1882 and 1885 and in the Kai Islands around 1898. Kuhl's Lorikeet (Vini kuhli) (Nauru, 2005, 50 cents) was named after him.

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