S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Reid, P Savile Grey (ornithology)

Born: 1845, Place not known.
Died: 1915, Place not known.

Savile Grey Reid was a British ornithologist who worked at the British Museum (Natural History) during the first decade of the twentieth century. During that time he compiled a Catalogue of the collection of birds' eggs in the British Museum (Natural History) (1901-1912). Earlier in his career he had described "The birds of the Bermudas", originally in a ten-part series in The Field (1875), but later reprinted in Bermuda (1883).

Towards the end of the nineteenth century Reid came to South Africa with the British military and did some ornithological work. A race of the Cape Bunting collected near Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, Emberiza capensis reidi (later Fringillaria capensis reidi) was named after him by Captain George E. Shelley* in 1902.

List of sources:
Clancey, P.A. A one-time Mecca for ornithologists. Natalia, 1975, Vol. 5, pp. 29-35.

National Union Catalogue, pre-1956 imprints. London: Mansell, 1968-1980.

Compiled by: C. Plug