Bird Specimen Collection
This search allows you to explore Field Museum's Bird Division main collection of skin, sleleton, and spirit specimens. With more than 500,000 data-rich specimens, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.Learn more
This search allows you to explore Field Museum's Bird Division main collection of skin, sleleton, and spirit specimens. With more than 500,000 data-rich specimens, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.
We encourage you to contact us if you need additional information or want to request a loan of specimens.View less
Computerization of our collections was supported by the Field Museum and by two grants from The National Science Foundation.
Our taxonomy follows Peters' Check-list of Birds of the World. This means, for example, that you should not search for Melospiza. Searches and downloaded files will also show only taxa for which we have specimens. Note that Latitude-Longitude values of 0.0000 0.0000 indicate "no data". We hope our country designations will be self-explanatory, but we acknowledge some oddities. For example, we use West Indies as a country. Specimens from zoos or aviaries without detailed information on locality of capture have Captive under Country.
Under molt, there are three main categories: "w" "t" and "b" (for wing, tail, and body). A notation of "yes" in this field signifies that there was some non-specific notation of molt.
Search results obtained herein are intended to provide individual researchers with information about our available holdings. Such information should not be used as a primary data source and may not be incorporated into institutional databases. It is incumbent upon the researcher to verify the data and identifications associated with specimens. Our collections continue to be added to, and our database will be updated at irregular intervals. Terms and Conditions for database use are available in our policies tab.
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