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The fairly unknown Johann Ottow

Here´s another fairly unknown ornithologist, briefly mentioned by me in Post #23, Laurent in #24 and by Michael in Post #26 …

● in the subspecies Geositta rufipennis ottowi ‘HOY’ (Höy) 1968
= the Baltic (i. e. Estonian, later Swedish) Medical doctor, ornithologist and oologist Johann Ottow (1913–1980), whose full name was Johann Christoph Ludwig Ottow (in the Family) a k a "Hansi".

He was born 9 February 1913 in the town Tartu (a k a Dorpat) in Estonia (at that time part of Russia) … he moved to Sweden in 1948, where he first practiced Medicine in Lidingö (just outside Stockholm), then during most of the 60's in Skellefteå (in northern Sweden) and after that he worked in a Medical laboratory … whenever he wasn´t studying eggs or brood parasitism in birds. He was a member of AOU (American Ornithologists' Union), DOG (Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft) and SOF (Sveriges ornitologiska förening/Swedish Ornitholgical Society). In Sweden he was apparently sometimes called "Johan" (the most common form here). And he died in the town of Skövde, also Sweden, the 17th November 1980.

That´s him!

PS. Quite different from what Beolens et al is claiming in the brand new Eponym Dictionary of Birds (2014), isn´t it!?

Maybe easier to see the text here instead og clicking through the link.
Rufous-banded Miner ssp. Geositta rufipennis ottowi G. A. Hoy, 1968
Dr Johann Ottow (DNF) was a German ornithologist who was in South America (1930s and 1940s). He was interned in Brazil as an enemy alien (1943–1944) after Brazil declared war on Germany and Italy (1942). He later moved to Argentina where he met and became a friend of Hoy (q.v.). They co-wrote 'Biological and oological studies of the molothrine cowbirds (Icteridae) of Argentina' (1964), which represented the culmination of eight years' fieldwork in Salta and Jujuy (observations by Hoy and oology by Ottow). Ottow was in outh Africa (1960s) and he co-wrote 'Zur Kenntnis der Fortpflanzung von Chrysococcyx caprius und Cuculus canorus gularis in Süd-Africa' (1965), by which time he had settled in Skellefteå, Sweden.

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