Harry C. Oberholser

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Harry Church Oberholser (June 25, 1870 – December 25, 1963) was an American ornithologist.

Harry Church Oberholser
Born(1870-06-25)June 25, 1870
DiedDecember 25, 1963(1963-12-25) (aged 93)
Alma materColumbia University
George Washington University
Scientific career
InstitutionsUnited States Fish and Wildlife Service
Cleveland Museum of Natural History


H.C. Oberholser in 1895

Harry Oberholser was born on June 25, 1870, in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Columbia University, and was awarded degrees from the George Washington University in 1914. He married Mary Forrest Smith on June 30, 1914. Oberholser received the Ph.D. in 1916. From 1895 to 1941, he was employed by the United States Bureau of Biological Survey (later the United States Fish and Wildlife Service) as an ornithologist, biologist, and editor. In 1941 he became curator of ornithology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Oberholser was the author of a number of books and articles. He died on December 25, 1963.[1]


Empidonax oberholseri (dusky flycatcher) was named in his honor. Some of Oberholser's papers are held by the Barker Texas History Center.[1]


  • The Bird Life of Texas (1974) ISBN 0-292-70711-8
  • Birds of Mt. Kilimanjaro (1905)
  • Birds of the Anamba Islands (1917)
  • The Bird Life of Louisiana (1938)
  • When Passenger Pigeons Flew in the Killbuck Valley (1999) ISBN 1-888683-96-1
  • Critical notes on the subspecies of the spotted owl (1915) doi:10.5479/si.00963801.49-2106.251
  • The birds of the Tambelan Islands, South China Sea (1919) doi:10.5479/si.00963801.55-2262.129
  • The great plains waterfowl breeding grounds and their protection (1918)


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