Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Royal Ornithologist

This may be old news to some, but it’s new to me, so I’m blogging about it here. The former Princess Nori Sayako of Japan was a part-time ornithologist who conducted research on kingfishers at the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology and published on the subject. In November 2005 she gave up her royal status to marry a commoner. In so doing, she also relinquished her job as an ornithologist to focus on married life and potential motherhood. So sad that she couldn’t do both as the newly married Sayako Kuroda. The following are examples of the articles published by Princess Sayako:
Sayako, N., and E. C. Dickinson. 2001. Systematic notes on Asian birds 10. The “Nouveau recueil de planches coloriees” of Temminck & Laugier (1820-1839): the little-known impression of 1850. Zool. Verh. Leiden 335 (10):557-560.

Sayako, N., S. Kanoya, Y. Sato, T. Ando, and R. Kalizawa. 1991. Observation on breeding of the Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis in the Akasaka Imperial Grounds. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 23:1-5.

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