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Walter Beick
Estonian ornithologist

Walter Beick

Walter Beick
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Intro Estonian ornithologist
Was Zoologist Scientist Explorer
From Estonia
Field Biology Science
Gender male
Birth 1 October 1883
Death 25 March 1933 (aged 49 years)
Star sign Libra
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Walter Beick (1 October 1883 – 25 March 1933) was a Baltic-Russian ornithologist who explored and studied the birdlife of Tibet and Mongolia. He made large collections of specimens and several species have been described based on his collections and named after him.

Beick was born in Võru, Estonia, which was then a Baltic province of Russia. The son of a lawyer, he went to school at St. Petersburg in the gymnasium of Dr Wiedemann and then at the Eberswalde forestry school. He served in the First World War with the Russian army and was wounded on the German front. He then settled in Russian Turkestan and from 1916 began to make hunting trips from the Ala-tau mountains. His knowledge of the region led to him being chosen to lead a commando expedition against nomadic tribes. In 1917 he moved to Prezewalsk on the shore of Issy-Kul and in 1918 he worked in the forest service in Sepsinsk. He was briefly the director of the Forest School in Werny. In 1920 he was forced to give up all his possessions including his collections to the Bolsheviks and fled to Chinese Turkestan where he lived by hunting and fishing. In 1925 he was supported for a collection expedition to Ebi Nor by the Berlin Museum under the director Paul Matschie. He travelled to Siningfu in 1927 where he met and travelled with Wilhelm Fischner and then moved on to the South Tetung followed by Koku Nor along with Friedrich Wagner. He then moved to Sining and stayed for two years. He joined Birger Bohlin of the Sven Hedin Expedition and spent some time in Tsag Nor and was hoping to return to Germany. On the way at Wajan Tori he suffered from a breakdown and in a fit of depression he shot himself. He was buried in the desert with a cross inscribed "Walter Beick, 25 March 1933" at 42° N, 101° 19′ 6″ E.

Subspecies that have been named after him include the following, although not all are now considered valid.

  • Dendrocopus major beicki a subspecies of the great spotted woodpecker
  • Prunella rubeculoides beicki a subspecies of the robin accentor
  • Phoenicurus schisticeps beicki a subspecies of the white-throated redstart
  • Cinclus cinclus beicki a subspecies of the white-throated dipper
  • Aegolius funereus beickianus a subspecies of the boreal owl
  • Carpodacus synoicus beicki a subspecies of the Sinai rosefinch
  • Calandrella cheleensis beicki a subspecies of the Asian short-toed lark
  • Ithaginis cruentus beicki a subspecies called Beick's blood pheasant
  • Rhopophilus pekinensis beicki a subspecies of the Beijing babbler
  • Luscinia calliope beicki a subspecies of the Siberian rubythroat
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 29 Feb 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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