Errol Fuller

Errol Fuller (born 19 June 1947) is an English writer and artist who lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. He was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, grew up in South London, and was educated at Addey and Stanhope School.[1] He is the author of a series of books on extinction and extinct creatures.

Errol Fuller
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Born (1947-06-19) 19 June 1947 (age 73)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
OccupationAuthor and painter
Known forBooks on extinction
ChildrenFrankie Fuller


Extinct BirdsEdit

Andrew Sugden, reviewing Extinct Birds in the London Review of Books, notes that Fuller set out "to find at least one drawing, painting or lithograph: many by the great 19th-century illustrator J.G. Keulemans, a couple (great auk and Himalayan mountain quail) by Edward Lear. He also embellishes the historical account where possible with portraits of the sailors, explorers and naturalists who recorded (and sometimes helped to extinguish) a species and biographical snippets about them – all of which provides an important context for the extinctions themselves. Most of these species vanished, of course, before we had film of sufficient speed for wildlife photography", he found little to say about some of the species, "the lives and deaths of many species having passed almost unnoticed (which makes it all the more remarkable that Fuller was able to unearth so many pictures)", and contrasts this 18th century situation with what happens now, when there is often a mass of data on vanishing species.[2]

John A. Burton, reviewing the book in Oryx, begins by saying "I must make it absolutely clear that this is a very useful, and well-researched book, which deserves to find a place on the shelves of any reasonable conservation-oriented library", and compliments Fuller on "his comprehensiveness and detail." He found the illustrations to include "splendid examples" of work by Edward Lear, Joseph Wolf and J.G. Keulemans.[3]

The Great AukEdit

Writing in The Guardian, Claire Armitstead commented that "Errol Fuller's magnificent self-published The Great Auk" was "one of the most astonishing books to cross my desk",[4] and wrote that it was

everything you wanted to know about an extinct bird. Besides all those beautiful 19th-century auk portraits, there are auk anecdotes, auk eggs... I'm not a great fan of bird books, but this irresistible folly captured a buccaneering spirit that sometimes seems as dead as the auk itself.[4]

Dodo: From Extinction to IconEdit

Reviewing Dodo: From Extinction to Icon, Stephen Moss, also in The Guardian, wrote that Fuller has

assembled a fine defence of this much-maligned creature. In doing so he has produced a curious book, which although not up to the stature of his magnificent tome on the Great auk, is nevertheless fascinating.[5]

The Passenger PigeonEdit

Reviewing Fuller's The Passenger Pigeon for The Guardian, the blogger GrrlScientist writes that the book's brief text provides a good introduction for people who know little about the bird, but that the book's primary purpose is "to provide a visual context for the history of passenger pigeons. Many of its pages are lavishly illustrated with rare photographs of the birds", while "Also included are some of the sketches and paintings, music and poetry that the pigeons inspired, as well as some items of historical interest."[6]


  • Ching, Raymond; with Additional Text by Fuller, Errol (1981). Studies & Sketches of a Bird Painter. Melbourne/New York: Lansdowne Editions.
  • Fuller, Errol (1987). Extinct Birds. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-670-81787-0.
  • Fuller, Errol (1990). Kiwis. Seto Publishing Auckland. ISBN 0-908697-49-X.
  • Fuller, Errol (1995). The Lost Birds of Paradise. Swan Hill Press. ISBN 1-85310-566-X
  • Fuller, Errol (1999). The Great Auk. ISBN 0-9533553-0-6
  • Fuller, Errol (2000). Extinct Birds. Revised ed. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-850837-9
  • Fuller, Errol (2002). Dodo: From Extinction to Icon. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-714572-1
  • Hoyo, J. and Elliott, A. (2002). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 7: Jacamars to Woodpeckers. Introductory essay by Errol Fuller. Barcelona: Lynx Editions.
  • Fuller, Errol (2003). The Dodo: Extinction in Paradise. Bunker Hill Publishing Inc.
  • Fuller, Errol (2003). The Great Auk: The Extinction of the Original Penguin. Bunker Hill.
  • Fuller, Errol (2004). Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age. Bunker Hill.
  • Fuller, Errol (2004). Lost Worlds. Doha, Qatar: National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage. ISBN 99921-58-29-8
  • Fuller, Errol (2009). Dana Quarry and Its Dinosaurs. Dinosauria International. ISBN 978-0-9533553-3-4.
  • Fuller, Errol (2010). Hedley Fitton: The Accent of Truth. Southern Cross the Dog Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9533553-2-7
  • Attenborough, David and Fuller, Errol (2012). Drawn from Paradise: The Discovery, Art and Natural History of the Birds of Paradise. HarperCollins, UK. ISBN 978-0-00-748761-5
  • Fuller, Errol (2013). Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record. Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1408172155
  • Fuller, Errol (2014). Voodoo Salon Taxidermy. Stacey International. ISBN 978-1909022447
  • Fuller, Errol (2014). The Passenger Pigeon. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691162959

Magazine articlesEdit

  • Fuller, Errol (April 1998). "Voyage of a Painter." Natural History (New York), pp. 12–14.


Date Title Role Notes
16 October 2001 Extinct (UK Channel 4) Himself Episode 4 (of 6): "The Great Auk"
4 November 2007 The Dodo's Guide to Surviving Extinction (UK BBC Four) Himself A TV programme shown as part of a night of programming dedicated to extinction.
13 April 2010 The One Show (UK BBC One) Himself
28 June 2012 Four Rooms (UK Channel 4) Himself Series 1 Episode 6


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Milner, Richard (2009). Darwin's Universe: Evolution from A to Z. University of California Press ISBN 978-0-520-24376-7."
  2. ^ Sugden, Andrew (23 August 2001). "'We shot a new pigeon' (Review of Extinct Birds by Errol Fuller)". London Review of Books. 23 (16): 9–10. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Book reviews: Extinct Birds by Errol Fuller". Oryx. 22 (2): 128. 1988. doi:10.1017/s003060530002768x. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b Armitstead, Claire (24 November 2000). "Fishing for pearls". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  5. ^ Moss, Stephen (14 December 2002). "Gone but not forgotten". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  6. ^ GrrlScientist (2 September 2014). "The passenger pigeon by Errol Fuller – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 August 2016.

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