Olof Rudbeck

Some plates from den svenska ornitologins fader. Olof Rudbeck the Younger (1660-1740), sometimes Latinized as Olaus Rudbeckius junior, is considered the father of Swedish ornithology. He was also one of Linnaeus’s teachers (whence Rudbeckia). While visiting Sverige recently, I was gifted a sumptuous reprint of Rudbeck d.y.’s Svenska fâglar. It’s a wondrous tome; I’m struggling to translate bits for my own edification. The plates are usually contrasted with earlier illustrations, mostly woodcuts, done by others, as in the case of this Ruff, which certainly stands on its own.

And now, because we live where we live:

2 Responses to “Olof Rudbeck”


  1. 1 Peggy Herron July 1, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for posting some of Olofs birds . An interesting guy James brought in a fledgling Kestral from Blkyn to the WBF. He rescues raccoons and opossums mostly. He offered to take the opossum WBF has been treating for lead to an update rehabber along with the two he has. He is not a rehabber. Do you know anything about him?


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