Catalogue of the birds in the British Museum

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The Catalogue of the birds in the British Museum is a monumental work published in 27 volumes between 1874 to 1898. Its aim was not only to document the British Museum of Natural History's bird collection, but to discuss all then-known "species" of living birds. However, it was also one of the last – perhaps the last major – bird species lists published before the adoption of trinomial nomenclature. This means that in this work subspecies are still either treated as distinct "species", or are considered "varieties" denoted with small Greek letters (α, β, γ...). This implies that in cases where no additional subspecies have been described later, the "species" as listed here is actually the nominate subspecies.

Contents

Volume 1: Accipitres, or diurnal birds of prey (1874)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe / John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 2: Striges, or nocturnal birds of prey (1875)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe / John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 3: Passeriformes Coliomorphæ (1877)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe / John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 4: Passeriformes Cichlomorphæ Part I - Campophagidæ and Muscicapidæ (1879)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe / John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 5: Passeriformes Cichlomorphæ Part II - Turdidæ, or warblers and thrushes (1881)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe / John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 6: Passeriformes Cichlomorphæ Part III - Timeliidæ, or babbling thrushes Part I (1881)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe / John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 7: Passeriformes Cichlomorphæ Part IV - Timeliidæ, or babbling thrushes Part II (1883)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe / Joseph Smit

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Volume 8: Passeriformes Cichlomorphæ Part V and Certhiomorphæ (1883)[edit]

Hans Gadow / Joseph Smit

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Volume 9: Passeriformes Cinnyrimorphæ (1884)[edit]

Hans Gadow / Joseph Smit

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Volume 10: Passeriformes Fringilliformes Part I (1885)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe / John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 11: Passeriformes Fringilliformes Part II - Cœrebidæ, Tanagridæ and Icteridæ (1886)[edit]

Philip Lutley Sclater / Joseph Smit

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Volume 12: Passeriformes Fringilliformes Part III - Fringillidæ (1888)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe / William Matthew Hart

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Volume 13: Passeriformes Sturniformes (1890)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe / Joseph Smit

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Volume 14: Passeriformes Oligomyodæ (1888)[edit]

Philip Lutley Sclater / Joseph Smit

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Volume 15: Passeriformes Tracheophonæ (1890)[edit]

Philip Lutley Sclater / Joseph Smit

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Volume 16: Upupæ, Trochili, and Coraciæ Part I (1892)[edit]

Osbert Salvin & Ernst Hartert / John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 17: Coraciæ Part II (1892)[edit]

Ernst Hartert / John Gerrard Keulemans & Joseph Smit

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Volume 18: Picariæ Part I (1890)[edit]

Edward Hargitt / Peter Smit

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Volume 19: Picariæ Part II (1891)[edit]

Philip Lutley Sclater & G.E. Shelley / Joseph Smit & John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 20: Psittaci, or parrots (1891)[edit]

Tommaso Salvadori / John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 21: Columbæ, or pigeons (1893)[edit]

Tommaso Salvadori / John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 22: Game birds (1893)[edit]

W.R. Ogilvie-Grant / John Gerrard Keulemans & Joseph Smit

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Volume 23: Fulicariæ and Alectorides (1894)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe / John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 24: Limicolæ (1896)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe / John Gerrard Keulemans

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Volume 25: Gaviæ and Tubinares (1896)[edit]

Howard Saunders & Osbert Salvin / Joseph Smit

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Volume 26: Plataleæ, Herodiones, Steganopodes, Pygopodes, Alcæ, and Impennes (1898)[edit]

Richard Bowdler Sharpe & W.R. Ogilvie-Grant / John Gerrard Keulemans & Joseph Smit

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Volume 27: Chenomorphæ, Crypturi, and Ratitæ (1895)[edit]

Tommaso Salvadori / John Gerrard Keulemans & Joseph Smit

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