Famous Birdwatchers

There are many famous birdwatchers in the world that have been lucky enough to have set their eyes on a number of bird species. Many of these birdwatchers have spent their whole lives struggling to catch even a single glimpse of all species of birds around the world. Amongst those, there are only a few fortunate people who are able to see over 7,000 birds out of its 10,000 species. Here is the list of some of the world’s most distinguished birdwatchers:



Phoebe Snetsinger (Burnett) – born in Illinois, U.S.A. on June 9, 1931. She is one of the most famous birders for having spotted almost 8,500 bird species before she died. The red shouldered Vanga was the last bird she saw. This bird specie was described as “new to science.”

Peter G. Kaestner – an American diplomat who spotted more than 8,000 birds in the world and in 1986 became the first birder who had seen a representative of every bird species. He discovered the Cundinamarca Antpitta, a new to science specie, while on his birding trip in Colombia in 1989.

John Danzenbaker – he had a life list of about 7,535 bird species before his death on July 14, 2008. The outbreak of World War II interrupted his lifetime passion of searching and studying birds.

Dr. James Franklin Clements – with a life list of almost 7,200 species, he was one of the most notable ornithologists. The Iquitos Gnatcatcher (Poliotila Clementsi) is a bird named after him.

Richard Koeppel – he had seen over 7,000 bird species at the time his son Dan Koeppel wrote the book entitled ‘To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father, a Son and a Lifetime’.