Guy Kirwan

Guy Kirwan

Guy Kirwan (b. 1968) grew up in NW England, close to the one of the world’s largest Larus colonies, and has been interested in birds since the late 1970s. Following a three-year period in the early 1990s working in Turkey for the then BirdLife International International partner, mainly on threatened waterfowl and wetland conservation, which ultimately led to the standard monograph on the country’s birds (Kirwan et al. 2008), his attentions turned primarily to the Neotropical region, and the Western Hemisphere in general, where he has spent well over 12 years in the field, from Alaska in the extreme north to Tierra del Fuego in the far south, with special foci on the birds of Brazil and Cuba. He is a co-author of a forthcoming detailed checklist to Cuban birds (Kirkconnell et al., in prep.) and Cotingas and Manakins (Kirwan & Green 2011), the new standard work to these perennial favourites among Neotropical birders. A freelance ornithologist and editor, notably of the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club (since 2004), but also c. 40 books (among them recent titles such as Robins and Chats, by Peter Clement, Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America, by Sébastien Reeber, Birds of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands, by Frank Hawkins et al., Birds of Venezuela by David Ascanio et al., Birds of Ecuador by Juan Freile & Robin Restall, and Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds: Passerines by Hadoram Shirihai & Lars Svensson), his main research interests are in avian taxonomy and the breeding biology of passerines in the New World tropics. To date, Guy has authored more than 150 papers in the technical literature, including the descriptions of three new species, three subspecies and two genera. A Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, he was a member of the now disbanded British Ornithologists’ Union’s Taxonomic Subcommittee, and currently sits on the board of the Trust for Avian Systematics.