S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Barratt, Mr F A (ornithology)

Born: 1847, Place not known.
Died: 1875, Place not known.

F.A. Barratt was a bird collector in South Africa in the eighteen-seventies. After travelling from King William's Town to Bloemfontein he left the latter city in February 1874 and journeyed to Potchefstroom, and from there via Pretoria to Lydenburg, where he had arrived by July 1874. At some time he also visited Rustenburg. His "Ornithological notes made during trips between Bloemfontein and the Lydenburg goldfields", comprising brief field notes on 122 species of birds, were published in The Ibis (1876, 3rd series, Vol. 6, pp. 191-214) the year after his death. Barratt stated in his paper that he could "lay no claim to a scientific knowledge of ornithology", but had compiled his notes at the request of the British ornithologist R.B. Sharpe, who named his collection. In the same volume of The Ibis Sharpe described two new species collected by Barratt in the Lydenburg district, near the Macamac goldfields. One of these was named Bradypterus barratti (Barratt's Warbler), in honour of the collector.

List of sources:
The Ibis, 1876, Vol. 6, papers by Barratt and R.B. Sharpe.

Hocky, P.A.R. et al (Eds). Roberts birds of southern Africa (7th ed.) Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, 2005.

Compiled by: C. Plug