Daniel Giraud Elliot
|Born||March 7, 1835|
New York City
|Died||December 22, 1915 (aged 80)|
New York City
|Known for||A Monograph of the Phasianidae, A Monograph of the Paradiseidae or Birds of Paradise, A Monograph of the Felidae or Family of Cats, Review of the Primates|
Ann Eliza Henderson
|Parent(s)||George and Rebecca Elliot|
|Institutions||Field Museum, Chicago|
|Author abbrev. (zoology)||Elliot|
From 1869 to 1879, he was in London and established strong links to British ornithologists and naturalists.
Elliot used his wealth to publish a series of sumptuous color-plate books on birds and other animals. Elliot wrote the text himself and commissioned artists such as Joseph Wolf and Joseph Smit, both of whom had worked for John Gould, to provide the illustrations. The books included A Monograph of the Phasianidae (Family of the Pheasants) (1870–72), A Monograph of the Paradiseidae or Birds of Paradise (1873), A Monograph of the Felidae or Family of Cats (1878) and Review of the Primates (1913).
In 1890, he was President of the American Ornithologists' Union. Elliot became the first curator of zoology at the Field Museum in Chicago, and in 1896, accompanied by Carl Akeley, led the museum's expedition to Somaliland, the first African zoological collecting expedition to be mounted by a North American museum.
He died in New York City on December 22, 1915, of pneumonia.
The National Academy of Sciences awards the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal "for meritorious work in zoology or paleontology published in a three- to five-year period. Established through the Daniel Giraud Elliot Fund by gift of Miss Margaret Henderson Elliot."
Hybrid pheasant Chrysolophus pictus × Chrysolophus amherstiae.