George Ernest Shelley

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Captain George Ernest Shelley (15 May 1840 – 29 November 1910) was an English geologist and ornithologist. He was a nephew of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Shelley was educated at the Lycée de Versailles and served a few years in the Grenadier Guards.[1]

His books included A Monograph of the Cinnyridae, or Family of Sun Birds (1878), A Handbook to the Birds of Egypt (1872)[2] and The Birds of Africa (5 volumes, 1896 - 1912) illustrated by J. G. Keulemans.[3]


  1. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. Christopher Helm. p. 310. ISBN 978-0-7136-6647-2. OCLC 54616507.
  2. ^ Shelley, G. E. (1872). A Handbook to the Birds of Egypt. London: J. Van Voorst.
  3. ^ "Obituary. Captain George Ernest Kelley". Ibis: 369–376. April 1911. (with bibliography of publications by G. E. Shelley)

External links

  • Works by or about George Ernest Shelley at Internet Archive
  • Illustrations appearing in Handbook to the Birds of Egypt
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