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Savi’s War­bler, Lo­custella lus­cin­ioides, a rare vis­i­tor and oc­ca­sional breeder, par­tic­u­larly in south­ern Eng­land, takes its English name from Paolo Savi (1798-1871), who was a botanist, zo­ol­o­gist and min­er­al­o­gist at the Univer­sity of Pisa, Tus­cany, He first ob­tained a spec­i­men of the bird in 1821 and recog­nised that it was an un­de­scribed war­bler, and a few years later pub­lished its full de­scrip­tion. He be­came a di­rec­tor of the Pisa Mu­seum as well as the Pro­fes­sor of Nat­u­ral His­tory at the univer­sity there. To­wards the end of his life, Savi com­pleted his best-known work Or­ni­toli­gia Ital­iana, pub­lished posthu­mously be­tween 1873 and 1876.

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