Was born in Switzerland, went to gymnasium in Simbirsk, and graduated in jurisprudence from St.Petersburg in 1895. He was one of the most outstanding amateur ornithologists in Russia spending much time for bird watching and collecting in numerous expeditions, among which the most productive one was to Kolyma River. He gathered and donated to the Museum in 1924 a huge collection of more than 12 thousand bird study skins. Even so big, this collection was, as a matter of fact, just a part of all what Buturlin owned as a collector: unfortunately, a lot of things he collected and kept have perished just after October Revolution. Of special importance were materials on rarest bird species of Siberia and Far East, as well as extensive samples on more common species.