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November 12: On This Day

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November 12: Dr. Salim Ali‘s Birthday

  • Salim Moizuddin Abdul Ali, one of the greatest ornithologists and naturalists of all time, born on November 12, 1896 in Mumbai
  • First Indian to conduct systematic bird surveys in India and famously known as the “Birdman of India”
  • Was the key figure behind the Bombay Natural History Society after 1947
  • He published a research paper discussing the nature and activities of the weaver bird in 1930. The article made him famous and established his name in the field of ornithology.
  •  “The Book of Indian Birds” published by him in 1941 is still the bible for budding ornithologists.
  • Along with S. Dillon Ripley, a world-famous ornithologist, wrote ‘Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan’. He also published “Common Birds”  in 1967 and autobiography “The Fall of Sparrow” in 1985.
  • The Government of India honored him with a Padma Bhushan in 1958 and the Padma Vibushan in 1976.
  • An international group of ornithologists from Sweden, India, China, US and Russia named a newly discovered species after him – Zoothera salimalii

Zoothera salimalii (Himalayan thrush)

  • Found in northeastern India and adjacent parts of China

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