|Born||29 October 1859|
|Died||11 November 1933 (aged 74)|
|Known for||Hand-List of British Birds|
|Spouse(s)||Claudia Bernadine Elisabeth Hartert|
|Institutions||Natural History Museum at Tring|
|Patrons||Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild|
|Author abbrev. (zoology)||Hartert|
Hartert was born in Hamburg, Germany on 29 October 1859. In July 1891, he married the illustrator Claudia Bernadine Elisabeth Hartert in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with whom he had a son named Joachim Karl (Charles) Hartert, (1893–1916), who was killed as an English soldier on the Somme.
Together with his wife, he was the first to describe the blue-tailed Buffon hummingbird subspecies (Chalybura buffonii intermedia Hartert, E & Hartert, C, 1894). The article On a collection of Humming Birds from Ecuador and Mexico appears to be their only joint publication.
Hartert published the quarterly museum periodical Novitates Zoologicae (1894–39) with Rothschild, and the Hand-List of British Birds (1912) with Francis Charles Robert Jourdain, Norman Frederick Ticehurst and Harry Forbes Witherby. He wrote Die Vögel der paläarktischen Fauna (1910–22) and travelled in India, Africa, and South America on behalf of his employer.
Among the written publications of Ernst Hartert are:
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