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George Miksch Sutton (1898 - 1982) was an American ornithologist and bird artist. He published numerous technical papers in ornithology as well as more popular works illustrated with his own art. His early artistic work was inspired and tutored by Louis Agassiz Fuertes. In 1931, he was the first ornithologist to find the eggs of the Harris's Sparrow, one of the last North American birds to have its nest and eggs described. He did extensive field work in the Arctic (including Iceland), Oklahoma, Labrador, and Mexico. He received his doctorate from Cornell University and held academic posts at the University of Michigan and the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

His book-length works include:

  • Mexican Birds: First Impressions (1951)
  • Iceland Summer (1961)
  • Oklahoma Birds (1967)
  • High Arctic (1971)
  • At a Bend in a Mexican River (1972)
  • Portraits of Mexican Birds (1975)
  • Fifty Common Birds of Oklahoma (1977)
  • To a young bird artist (1979)


  • Olin Sewall Petingill, Jr. (1984), In Memoriam: George Miksch Sutton, The Auk 101: 146-152, available here.
  • Sutton, George Miksch (1980). Bird Student: An Autobiography. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 232 pages. ISBN 978-0292707276

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