Daniel Giraud Elliot was one of the most important American ornithologists and naturalists of the nineteenth century. Despite his importance and stature, there is remarkably little recorded about his life’s details other than what he spoke about his professional life in 1914, in an address to the Linnean Society. Elliot’s professional accomplishments were anything but obscure, however. Elliot made numerous trips across the globe for study and collecting, generally being away for multiple years at a time, with his longest absence being a decade. Based on these travels, he published multiple folio-size monographs.. Elliot’s first love was birds, and he produced large synthetic works on pittas, pheasants, grouse, hummingbirds, and birds of paradise

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