Museum of Vertebrate Zoology - Birds (MVZ-Birds)

The MVZ bird collection is one of the largest in the United States. It houses over 185,000 catalogued specimens, including 174 holotype and 2 syntypes. The majority of specimens are study skins, but the collection also contains over 21,000 skeletal specimens and 3,200 fluid-preserved specimens. Other types of preparations include flat specimens (wings, skins) and body skins with skeletons ("schmoos"). Tissues, anatomical parts (e.g., syrinx, stomach contents), and parasites are routinely preserved with specimens. Many specimens also are associated with cataloged audio recordings.

Staff Curator of Birds: Carla Cicero, ccicero@berkeley.edu
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 27 November 2023
IPT / DwC-A Source:
MZUBirds-DwC-import-2023
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
Cite this collection:
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology - Birds. Occurrence dataset (ID: e8e9d58b-7e02-40da-a322-03ec804d546a) accessed via the New Brunswick Museum Collections Portal, /portal, 2024-07-20).
Collection Statistics
  • 122 specimen records
  • 121 (99%) georeferenced
  • 122 (100%) identified to species
  • 26 families
  • 47 genera
  • 17 species
  • 58 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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