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Jules Bourcier

Jules Bourcier (1797, Cuisery – 9 March 1873, Batignolles) was a French naturalist.[1]

Bourcier was an expert on hummingbirds, and named a number of new species, either alone or with other ornithologists; such as Adolphe Delattre and Martial Etienne Mulsant.

The following hummingbird species bear his name:

A species of South American snake, Saphenophis boursieri, was named in his honor by Giorgio Jan in 1867.[2]

Bourcier was the French consul to Ecuador from 1849 to 1850. In 1857 he became a corresponding member of the Société linnéenne de Lyon.[1]


  • Descriptions de nouvelles espèces d'oiseaux-mouches, 1839 (with Martial Étienne Mulsant & Jules Verreaux).
  • Collection typique d'oiseaux mouches (Trochilidés), 1874 (posthumous).[3]


  • Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird?: Men and women commemorated in the common names of birds. London: Christopher Helm. 400 pp. ISBN 978-0713666472.


  1. ^ a b c Prosopo Sociétés savantes de France.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Bourcier", p. 35).
  3. ^ Google Books (publications).

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