1851 in birding and ornithology

Years in birding and ornithology: 1848 1849 1850 1851 1852 1853 1854
Centuries: 18th century · 19th century · 20th century
Decades: 1820s 1830s 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s
Years: 1848 1849 1850 1851 1852 1853 1854
Bare-necked umbrellabird, a rainforest species from Central America first described in 1851




Birds described in 1851 include the bare-necked umbrellabird, common ʻamakihi, dusky-headed parakeet, Madeira firecrest, Madeiran storm petrel, North Island brown kiwi, olive sparrow, grey-crowned palm-tanager, red-headed fody, rufous-throated tanager, silver-throated tanager, Sri Lanka bush warbler, yellow-bellied tanager and yellow-eared bulbul.

The last Norfolk kaka died in captivity in London.

Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire describes the Elephant bird.


Ongoing events

  • John Gould The birds of Australia; Supplement 1851–69. 1 vol. 81 plates; Artists: J. Gould and H. C. Richter; Lithographer: H. C. Richter
  • John Gould The birds of Asia; 1850-83 7 vols. 530 plates, Artists: J. Gould, H. C. Richter, W. Hart and J. Wolf; Lithographers:H. C. Richter and W. Hart