MacArthur Fellows Program

Guy Tudor

Conservationist and Illustrator | Class of 1990

Conservationist and Illustrator
Forest Hills, New York
56 at time of award

Guy Tudor is a self-trained ornithologist and illustrator whose work is helping to conserve nature and the diversity of avifauna.

Tudor has produced field-guide illustrations depicting a great percentage of the Neotropical avifauna in the Americas. His studies derive from a combination of field notes, direct observation, photographs, and museum collections of bird specimens. He directed, organized, and helped illustrate the plates for a series of guides to the Neotropics, including A Guide to the Birds of Venezuela (1978), and A Guide to the Birds of Colombia (1986). Valued not only for their illustrations, but also for their eloquent advocacy in the cause of preservation, these guides are known as works of scholarship for research ecologists.

Tudor is engaged in the design and illustration of The Birds of South America, a four-volume work, co-authored with Robert Ridgely. The first volume, Oscine Passerines, was published in 1989, and the second volume, Suboscine Passerines, in 1994. Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide was published in 2005.

Tudor is president of the New York City Butterfly Club, an organization he co-founded in 1984, and director of the North American Butterfly Association.

Last updated January 1, 2006

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